Bisbee's decision to remove fluoride from water criticized
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.