St. Petersburg Times
October 4, 2011
Pinellas County commissioners voted 4-3 Tuesday to end the seven-year practice of putting fluoride into drinking water, a public health effort that riled conservative activists and skeptics.
More than a dozen dentists and pediatricians told commissioners that adding fluoride improve’s people’s dental health and lowers costs to the county for dental care for the needy. But critics seized on recent concerns about too much fluoride having side effects on young children and fears of government medicating the public. Some critics compared it to Soviet and Nazi practices.