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.