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Dr. Nicholas Mosca, state dental director, said a Mississippi Department of Health regulation passed in April requires water providers with more than 2,000 customers to add fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. However, utilities only have to start fluoridating if the health department identifies grants.
Greenwood resident Sid Aust believes fluoridation is a bad idea. He said consumers can look on the back of a tube of toothpaste and will see a warning to contact a poison control center if they swallow too much.