In these series of documents, local, state and federal officials state their case for the safety and effectiveness of fluoridating Asheville’s water supply. The first document comes from city Water Resources Director David Hanks in a memo to City Council outlining broadly how and why the city’s water is fluoridated and the pros and cons associated with the practice. The second document is a recent position statement in favor of fluoridation from N.C. Health Director and dentist Leah Devlin. The third document is a 2004 position statement, also in favor of fluoridation, from U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona. The fourth and final document is a list of five frequently asked questions on fluoridation from the state health department’s Oral Health Section that addresses what fluoridation is, how it works, as well as the safety, effectiveness and costs associated with water fluoridation.
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