Dentists Come Together in Florida to Defend Community Water Fluoridation

A councilman who missed an earlier city council vote meeting cast the deciding, tie-breaking vote in a 4-3 decision that will continue community fluoridation for 181,000 Brevard County residents on the east coast of Florida.

“It was a movement of positive energy by the local community,” said Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., a pediatric dentist and president of the American Fluoridation Society. “I was very proud to be a part of it.”

It was the third time in 2019 that the Melbourne City Council took a vote on ending community water fluoridation. In January, the council approved the continuation of fluoridation, but took up the issue again later in the year, with the vote tied until the absent councilman returned on Nov. 26 to break the tie.

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