Last week the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to fund the needed engineering and financial studies for adding fluoride to municipal water. The decision provoked an outcry from some area residents, deeply suspicious about fluoride's proposed benefits. However, public health advocates say fluoride is a safe, clearly effective way to promote healthy teeth.
Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin, who is in favor of fluoridation [PDF], and Lauren Ayers, Sonoma chapter leader of the Weston A. Price foundation, who is opposed, spoke with KRCB to explain their views.