`Great fluoride debate’ date set | AspenTimes.com

`Great fluoride debate’ date set

Aspen Times Staff Report

Citizens interested in taking part in what is being called “the great fluoride debate” should show up at an Aspen City Council work session on Aug. 10.

That’s the date the council will take testimony from both sides on an old question: Should Aspen stop adding fluoride to its municipal water supply?

The issue was raised recently when two citizens – a local chiropractor and a local doctor – asked the council to stop fluoridating the water. They argued that the dental-health benefits of fluoridation are questionable, and that the toxic nature of fluoride poses a potential health hazard to all citizens.

On the other side, local dentists and several national health advocacy organizations maintain that fluoride has demonstrated benefits for our national dental health, and that there is no indication that the levels added to water supplies have harmed anyone’s health.

The two sides will square off, augmented by information from the city’s environmental health department.

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