After months of city council meetings with regular visits from citizens concerned about the fluoridated water supply, Dallas council members decided to take action. On the 23rd of April, the members officially chose to end fluoridating the water supply. This practice has gone on for five decades to prevent tooth decay, even though it has been proven to be inefficient and to cause more harm than good.
According to NBC5 Dallas Fort Worth, many ardent anti-fluoridation advocates worked hard to ensure this passing, but it seems economic factors, not public health concern, played the primary role. Opponents of fluoridation reportedly claimed that the city could save $1 million a year that is spent on the industrial chemical.