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Leaving Fluoride Debate Behind To Deal With Children's Dental Health

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In May of 2013, Portlanders voted on Measure 26-151, which would have required the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply. The measure lost, 61 percent to 39 percent.

For a year, the City Club of Portland has convened the Children’s Dental Health Task Force (pdf) through its Civic Labs program. Opponents and proponents of adding fluoride to Portland’s water supply came together on the task force to brainstorm ways to improve dental health for children in Multnomah County.

We’ll hear from two people who served on the Children’s Dental Health Research Committee: Mel Rader, a past proponent of fluoridated water, and Kellie Barnes, a past opponent of fluoridated water. We’ll find out about what the committee is recommending.

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