Fluoridation
A tried & tested
public health measure

59% reduction

in hospital admissions for children’s dental extractions in fluoridated areas (PHE 2018)

6 million people in the UK are served by water fluoridation schemes.

68% reduction

in children’s hospital admissions for dental extractions in the most deprived areas

52% lower

odds of 5 year olds in the most deprived but fluoridated areas, experiencing decay (PHE 2018).

Welcome to 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.

More than 400 million people benefiting worldwide.

Since we last estimated worldwide coverage in 2012 fluoridation has continued to expand particularly in Brazil.

From New York to Newcastle

Major cities where water fluoridation is making an important contribution to dental health include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Fluoridation safe and effective says Australian review.

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council published its important systematic review and information paper in 2017 (Water fluoridation; dental and other health effects).

News

Change at the helm of BFS

Change at the helm of BFS

The current Chairman of the British Fluoridation Society (BFS), Steve Bedser, is standing down after leading the organisation for five years. Dr Barry Cockcroft CBE, who was elected to the BFS Executive in 2020, has agreed to take over from Steve in an interim capacity until a formal election can take place at the BFS AGM later this year.

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BFS aligns with colleagues in the US by championing robust science in support of water fluoridation schemes

BFS aligns with colleagues in the US by championing robust science in support of water fluoridation schemes

The British Fluoridation Society is supporting colleagues in the United States who are concerned about a potentially damaging report prepared by the National Toxicology Program (NTP)

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Barriers to water fluoridation to be demolished in radical NHS reforms

Barriers to water fluoridation to be demolished in radical NHS reforms

Responsibility for water fluoridation is due to be returned into the control of central Government according to a leaked document setting out reforms to the National Health Service. The news is welcomed by the British Fluoridation Society and the many dentists, public health officials and social justice campaigners who support its work.

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