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Letter: Welcome Perspective on Fluoridation

To the Editor:

In his commentary in the Dec. 11 Valley News, “Bradford: Keep the Ban on Fluoridation,” Paul Connett provides a needed corrective to the conventional wisdom that fluoridation of our water supplies is vital for public dental health. Moreover, mental acuity is shown to be at risk, the collateral damage of this process. If topical application of fluoride (toothpaste) is as effective, or even if it isn’t, it would seem unwise to risk “dumbing down” our children, which we would never want to do as parents, and can ill afford as a nation.

Dan Leggett

Hanover

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