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Clearwater begins adding fluoride to drinking water

The city gave final approval to add fluoride to the water system in April 2018.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The city of Clearwater is set to begin adding fluoride to its drinking water on Monday.

The Clearwater City Council gave final approval for the addition of fluoride to the water system in April 2018.

Public utilities will adjust the level to 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of drinking water.

Currently, 77 percent of Floridians have access to fluoridated community water.

Adding fluoride to water can help keep tooth enamel strong and decrease tooth decay. The positive benefits have been so high, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named adding fluoride to water to prevent tooth decay as one of the 10 great public health inventions of the 20th century.

Fluoridated water has no perceptible taste or smell. While some people have expressed concerns about potential side effects, the CDC says there are no credible health concerns.

Go to the city’s website for more information.

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