PEVELY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area town is ending water fluoridation in a cost-cutting move.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Pevely can save $8,000 to $10,000 a year by not adding fluoride to its water. Dentists and the Jefferson County Health Department are protesting the move.

County health director Dennis Diehl worries that families who can’t afford fluoride products will suffer tooth decay.

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