Leading international health organisations that support water fluoridation as a safe and effective means of reducing tooth decay include:
World Health Assembly (2000) and World Health Organisation (2003)
Resolutions passed by the World Health Assembly and reports published by the World Health Organisation have consistently endorsed water fluoridation. In 2000, the Assembly approved a global strategy for oral disease prevention that states: "Community water fluoridation is effective in preventing dental caries in both children and adults.”
Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI) (2008)
In 2008, the FDI General Assembly reaffirmed its long-standing support in the following statement: “Over sixty years of research and recent systematic reviews have shown that water fluoridation is an effective and efficient public health measure for the prevention of dental decay.”
International Association for Dental Research (IADR) (2005)
In 2005 the IADR agreed a statement fully endorsing and strongly recommending the practice of water fluoridation for improving the oral health of nations.”
One in a Million
Our One in a Million online database includes a comprehensive section on support for water fluoridation.
Public Health England (2014)
In 2014. PHE concluded from an analysis of dental and non-dental health indicators for England that it provided “further reassurance that water fluoridation is a safe and effective public health measure”.
British Medical Association (2010)
In 2010, the BMA said it remained committed to the fluoridation of mains water supplies “on the grounds of effectiveness, safety and equity”.
British Dental Association (2008)
In 2008, the BDA said the addition of fluoride into water supplies in certain areas “could dramatically reduce the levels of tooth decay and give children a decent start in life”.
British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (2014)
In 2014, the BSPD confirmed that it supports the fluoridation of public water supplies in communities “where the burden of dental decay is severe enough to warrant this public health measure and fluoridation is technically feasible”.
Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons (2015)
In 2015, the Faculty of Dental Surgery said “water fluoridation is proven to make a significant difference to children’s oral health” and called on the government to “encourage local authorities to introduce fluoridation”.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015)
In 2015 the US CDC said that “community water fluoridation has been identified as the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all members of the community regardless of age, educational attainment or income level”.
All Party Parliamentary Primary Care and Public Health Group
In 2003, the All Party Parliamentary Primary Care and Public Health Group endorsed the effectiveness and safety of fluoridation.
Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords
Many Members of Parliament, both in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords, have expressed their confidence in water fluoridation and the role it can play in improving oral health.
US surgeons general
Successive US surgeons general, who are appointed by the President subject to formal endorsement by the Senate, have supported fluoridation. In 2015, surgeon general Dr Vivek H Murthy said: “Community water fluoridation is one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures communities can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health...Fluoride’s effectiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout life, resulting in fewer and less severe cavities.”
National opinion surveys conducted since 1980 in England have consistently found that between around two thirds and three quarters of people think fluoride should be added to water if it can reduce tooth decay.
These surveys have also generally found that more people think their water has had fluoride added to it than is actually the case, and that most people do not realise that there is fluoride present naturally in all water supplies, including those where none has been added.