Fluoridated Water Has Dental Health Benefits

July 10, 2017 by Dr David Bloom

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Wales Has No Current Plans To Fluoridate Water Despite Health Benefits

Smile Makeover from Perfect Smile 2017The Welsh government does not have plans to add fluoride to tap water, but the health benefits of such a move will continue to be examined.

The issue will be reviewed at a later stage, according to chief dental officer David Thomas.

It is generally believed that fluoridation of drinking water could improve public dental health, strengthening dental enamel and preventing tooth decay.

However, adding fluoride in water also has its critics, who claim that this would lead to “mass medication” and argue that long-term health impacts remain unknown.

Speaking at the National Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee, Thomas said that the issue had been discussed with Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford.

He confirmed that the government does not fully rule out the possibility of future action, Wales Online reported.

 

There are financial and political issues that could prevent the implementation of a fluoridation programme.

However, due to present scientific evidence proving that fluoride can improve the nation’s dental health and cut dental health care costs, the issue will be kept under review, he said.

One of the biggest advantages of fluoridation is that is can have an effect on every single member of the population and could work equally well for the better-off and the deprived, who are the least likely to have access to dental care.

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Most Britons would like to see fluoride added to their drinking water, according to the results from a new survey carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation.

Their view is supported by UK dentists and healthcare professionals who claim that water fluoridation would be very beneficial to the nation’s oral health. The poll found that roughly four in five support water fluoridation as a means to improve dental health.

GOVERNMENT-BACKED STUDY SUPPORTS WATER FLUORIDATION

Water Fluoridation Protects Against Decay A new report released by Public Health England (PHE) has supported water fluoridation as a means to reduce rates of tooth decay and improve children’s dental health.

The report highlights the fact that tooth decay, or dental caries, is found less common among children living in communities implementing water fluoridation schemes than in children from other communities.

Medically reviewed & updated on December 15, 2021

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Dr David Bloom

Reviewed by Dr David Bloom

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