Fluoridation Continues in Hampton, Iowa
Many families in Hampton, Iowa are feeling relieved after town officials announced this week that they will no longer explore the possibility of ending water fluoridation. Last month, Hampton’s mayor raised the idea of ceasing fluoridation, but things changed after word spread and many residents reacted negatively to the potential loss of fluoridation. According to the Associated Press, Mayor Shawn Dietz said on Monday that city council members had talked to residents and concluded that most of them wanted fluoridation to continue.
The city began adding fluoride to its drinking water in 1975. In 1999, Hampton stopped doing so and did not resume fluoridation until 2006. The AP reported, “Local dentists say they noticed an increase in their patients’ tooth decay when [fluoride] wasn’t being added” to the town’s drinking water.