“…Sean Lanier, the city’s director of engineering and water resources, worries the city could be overdoing it and also hopes the council will consider the ethical question of forcing fluoride on their residents.

Whitehead’s email, which Dr. Johnny Johnson, president of the American Fluoridation Society, forwarded to a number of area officials on Monday, also states that staff will make a presentation in support of ending fluoridation before the second and final reading of the ordinance, which is tentatively set for the May 21 City Council meeting. The council would then vote on the measure.

In the email, Whitehead included several attachments, including a copy of a presentation that Lanier gave to Ocala’s Utility Advisory Board, which on March 26 recommended that City Council consider stopping the addition of fluoride to city water.

The presentation explains that excessive fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which can stain teeth, or skeletal fluorosis, which can damage bones and joints, causing pain and increasing the risk of fractures. Excess fluoride also has ties to thyroid and neurological problems, among other issues.”