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Iowa city council won't stop water fluoridation

HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - The Hampton City Council in northern Iowa has decided to continue adding fluoride to the city's water.

Last month Mayor Shawn Dietz raised the idea, saying the city's adding such medicine infringed on the individual rights of residents.

But the Mason City Globe Gazette reports that at Monday night's council workshop Dietz said council members had talked to residents and concluded that a majority wanted fluoridation to continue.

The city began adding fluoride in 1975. In 1999 that stopped because of the natural amount of fluoride found in the water. But in 2006 the city resumed adding fluoride to the supply.

Local dentists say they noticed an increase in their patients' tooth decay when it wasn't being added.

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