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Northern Health wants fluoride to stay in Prince George water

Prince George is planning a referendum on tap water fluoridation during the upcoming fall municipal elections. (CBC)

With the city of Prince George gearing up for a referendum on putting fluoride in tap water (and a class action lawsuit against the city before the courts), Northern Health is defending the practice. "It's a well-proven, well-researched method of reducing dental caries," says Brenda Matsen, Northern Health's program manager for preventative public health dental programs. 

"If you have money, you have choice," she says of people who don't want fluoride in tap water. "The people that don't have money like low income, seniors on fixed income, children in vulnerable families, they don't have a choice. Fluoridation reaches them. If you're an adult and you don't have a dental plan, there is nothing to help."

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