WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A group of Wichita residents plans to ask city officials to add fluoride to the city’s water supply.
The group called Wichitans for Healthy Teeth said Thursday they have collected more than 2,500 signatures on petitions supporting fluoridation, which they say improves dental health.
Dr. Sara Meng, a Wichita dentist, says the effort is supported by nearly 500 Wichita dentists and health providers and about 50 state and local organizations.
The group plans to gather at least 6,300 signatures before presenting petitions to the City Council.
The Wichita Eagle reports Wichita is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. without fluoride in its water.
At least two groups Wichitans for Pure Water and Fluoride Free Kansas oppose the effort.