Multnomah County is planning to phase out its long-standing fluoride program at schools in the county, which offered fluoride tablets to children. At the same time, county leaders are working to expand an existing but “more efficient” dental program at schools, which offers dental sealants.

“Fluoride tablets are just not an effective way to to deliver fluoride to children,” Len Barozzini, Multnomah County’s new dental director.

The On Your Side Investigators uncovered county documents Friday as well as emails between the county and Portland Public Schools (see below) that outline plans to phase out the program. Parents who opted into the program had to sign a waiver for their child to receive tablets, then their teacher or another staff member would provide a single tablet to the child once a day.

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