Stopping fluoridation programs likely to be costly in the long run

01/25/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

About 200 U.S. communities have stopped adding fluoride to their water supplies in an effort to save money, but CDC figures show that each dollar spent on fluoridation saves an estimated $38 in dental treatment expenses. "In the years ahead, removal of fluoride from drinking water will almost certainly cost taxpayers millions of dollars in increased Medicaid expenditures," writes Jane Brody.

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