Fluoridation of water supplies was first introduced in the United States in the 1940’s as a preventive measure to reduce tooth decay, which was a serious and widespread problem in the early twentieth century. Since that time, many cities have taken the step of adding fluoride to their public water-supply systems, but the merits and drawbacks of fluoridation have long been subjects of debate. Proponents of fluoridation claim that it has dramatically reduced tooth decay in Americans, but... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.