BRADFORD, Vt. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Residents in a Vermont town are trying to figure out why fluoride is no longer being added to the local water supply.

Bradford residents recently learned about the change when they opened their water bills.

Local dentist Bob Munson tells the Valley News the benefits of fluoridated water, especially on children’s teeth, are indisputable.

“Fluoride is effective, even in utero. It makes a tooth so much harder; it’s a huge benefit,” he told the paper.

The American Dental Association also says fluoride helps to prevent cavities, but there have been a number of communities that have debated its use.

Robert Nutting, chairman of the Bradford Water and Sewer Commission, tells the Valley News he “had some information” that fluoride is harmful.

“People look at it both ways; fluoride is either bad or good,” Nutting told the paper.

Bridge Simmons, the commission’s office manager, tells the Valley News that it was a financial decision not to add fluoride to the water.

The commission is scheduled to meet on Nov. 27. The select board chairman has invited state health officials to make the case for fluoridation.

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