Committee to examine Fairbanks fluoride

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A committee in Fairbanks will meet to review whether fluoride in local drinking water is a good idea.

The city of Fairbanks has been putting fluoride in the public water supply for 50 years but critics have frequently complained to city council members about its long-term health effects.

Supporters said fluoride in drinking water is a time-tested way to combat tooth decay.

Councilman Jerry Cleworth says city leaders aren't sure who to believe.

That uncertainty has led to the creation of a Fluoride Task Force - six scientists and medical professionals who will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of fluoridation.

The group will host an organizational meeting Thursday.



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