Fluoridation – a tried and tested public health measure to combat tooth decay
Dental benefits and safety
Welcome to the website of the British Fluoridation Society. We provide information about the dental benefits and safety of water fluoridation, a public health measure that involves adjusting the naturally occurring fluoride content of water to the optimum level for good oral health.
Fewer fillings and extractions
Many studies have shown that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay in children. This results in fewer fillings, fewer teeth being extracted and fewer general anaesthetics administered to children in hospital for tooth extractions. There is evidence that people who live all or most of their lives in fluoridated areas also benefit from lower tooth decay rates.
Around 370 million people benefiting worldwide
The world’s first fluoridation scheme was introduced in the United States (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 1945. Today, community water fluoridation schemes serve an estimated 370 million people worldwide, including around 6 million in the United Kingdom.
From New York, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro to Birmingham, Sydney and Melbourne
Major cities where water fluoridation is making an important contribution to oral health include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bilbao, Seville, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne.
Recurrent funding of community water fluoridation; the NHS should step up to the plate. Click here for BFS statement.
Local dentists back Hull City Council as it considers community water fluoridation.
The Local Dental Committee which serves Hull is providing key figures to support the City Council as it considers water fluoridation to reduce tooth decay. onepartpermillionhull.co.uk highlights that in March 2017 alone, 60 Hull children had general anaesthetics to remove decayed teeth. They point to the evidence that 45% fewer children aged 1-4 in fluoridated areas are admitted to hospital for tooth decay.
Click here for more information about Hull City Council’s consideration of community water fluoridation
Royal Society of Chemistry recognises that the evidence on the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation is robust.
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a learned society concerned with advancing chemistry as a science, developing its applications, and disseminating chemical knowledge. http://www.rsc.org/about-us/our-charter/
The RSC organised a seminar in Hull on Water Fluoridation on April 7th 2017. At the seminar, Education Co-ordinator for the Royal Society of Chemistry in the North East of England, Joanne Buckley, confirmed that:
“on the basis of the available robust scientific evidence” community water fluoridation is both safe and effective in reducing the prevalence of tooth decay.
Although as an organisation the RSC is neither pro nor anti fluoridation, this is an important statement as the Royal Society of Chemistry exists to promote the advancement of chemical science and its application.
BFS welcomes evaluation of re-starting fluoridation in parts of Cumbria, but argues that the study design has some limitations.
Click here to read BFS commentary on the ‘CATFISH’ study
Fluoridation most cost effective of programmes to reduce tooth decay in young children
Analysis from Public Health England has found that 5 years after starting water fluoridation, for every £1 spent £12.71 would be saved; 10 years after starting water fluoridation, for every £1 spent £21.98 would be saved. This is almost a three-fold greater return on investment than the next most cost-effective programme aimed at 0-5 year olds.
Click here for PHE’s Return on Investment Infographic.
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