(WABI) – The news conference was in response to a vote two weeks ago by residents in the town of Mount Desert to remove the Fluoride from their water supply.
The health experts are also concerned about anti-fluoride claims made by Bangor pediatrician Leonardo Leonidas.
Dr. Leonidas points to studies which he says ":links fluoride with lower IQ’s and autism, and with weakened bones in adults":.
The head of the Maine Center for Disease Control disagrees. Doctor Dora Mills claims that such statements are harmful because they spread fears about what she calls ":one of the most effective public health measures of the 20th century.":
About 84% of Maine’s public water systems contain Fluoride.
Mount Desert is the first community in the state to get rid of fluoridation.