Portland, Ore., embraces community water fluoridation
The city council of Portland, Ore., has approved a water fluoridation program for the first time. The move is a great victory for public health, as fluoride delivered through the water supply is a great way to prevent tooth decay for everyone, regardless of income or other factors. At around $5 million, the program is also very inexpensive for all dental problems fluoridation will prevent. Portland was the largest U.S. city not to embrace fluoridation — not coincidentally, it also has some of the worst tooth-decay problems in the nation.
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