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Bisbee's decision to remove fluoride from water criticized

Shops and restaurants line the main street in this once bustling mining town Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Bisbee, Ariz. When the city of Bisbee decided to remove fluoride from its water supply earlier this year, the vote was unanimous but there was no input from any public health entity, now public health officials say residents should be aware they are more susceptible to cavities. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Shops and restaurants line the main street in this once bustling mining town Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Bisbee, Ariz. When the city of Bisbee decided to remove fluoride from its water supply earlier this year, the vote was unanimous but there was no input from any public health entity, now public health officials say residents should be aware they are more susceptible to cavities. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

BISBEE — Public health officials are warning Bisbee residents that they may be more susceptible to cavities after city officials removed fluoride from the southern Arizona city's water supply.

The Arizona Daily Star reports fluoride levels fell well below the federally recommended level of 0.7 milligrams per liter after the move earlier this year.

Arizona Dental Association Executive Director Kevin Earle says nationwide, more communities are opting to fluoridate their water supplies.

He says his organization sent a letter to Bisbee council members following their February decision and asked them to reconsider. Earle says his organization has not received a response.

City officials said in February that products like fluoridated mouthwash, toothpaste and foods processed with fluoride means fluoride is not necessary in community water supplies.