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UK Against Fluoridation

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

USA - Lawmaker issues plea to limit fluoridation

Tuesday, 12/12/06
By JESSICA FENDER
Staff Writer
The only practicing physician in the state legislature has asked hundreds of water districts to stop adding fluoride to drinking water, citing recommendations from the American Dental Association that mothers avoid using tap water to mix baby formula.
State Rep. Joey Hensley, a Republican from Hohenwald, said he mailed about 250 letters last week after hearing that ingesting too much fluoride can cause fluorosis — or staining of the teeth — in young children.

"I'm just trying to bring it more to the front, because more and more people are concerned about it. They don't have a choice now," Hensley said.
He added that he was worried about low-income mothers who may have to mix baby formula with bottled water, which could be costly.
Water districts decide individually whether to add fluoride — long touted for its cavity-fighting properties — to its water, and Hensley said he doesn't plan to introduce legislation banning the practice.
Metro Water Services in Nashville adds fluoride to its water.
A statement by the dental association still recommends fluoridating water to prevent tooth decay.

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