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Fluoridation is still a hard sell in Mass.

Resistance strong despite benefits

Pia McGhee, a dental hygienist at the No Tooth Left Behind clinic in Springfield, administered a sealant treatment to Aniely Figueroa, 12, last week. The clinic is operated by city health officials. Pia McGhee, a dental hygienist at the No Tooth Left Behind clinic in Springfield, administered a sealant treatment to Aniely Figueroa, 12, last week. The clinic is operated by city health officials. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
By Stephen Smith
Globe Staff / September 29, 2010

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SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts, the birthplace of public health, has long led the nation in disease-fighting crusades, vaccinating children at high rates and crafting antismoking campaigns exported around the world. But it ranks 36th when it comes to providing residents with fluoridated water. (Full article: 1152 words)

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