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Mass fluoridation of water is good public health move

Public Health England have recommended that councils in England consider adding fluoride to water to improve dental health, after reviewing the impact of water fluoridation on children in areas where it has been introduced.

Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said: "The findings of this report are excellent news for everyone’s health. They should help address the concerns of people who fear there are risks to adding fluoride to water. Getting teeth in contact with fluoride is an essential component of good oral health, and  water fluoridation is the most effective and cost effective method of achieving it.

"It’s a very good way of helping to give all children healthy teeth, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We need Directors of Public Health to be involved in decisions about water fluoridation, so that we all benefit from the expertise and training of public health specialists.”

Written: 25/03/2014 , last modified: 26/09/2014