What we do

The British Fluoridation Society was founded in 1969 to work for improved dental health in the UK through the introduction of water fluoridation schemes.

We are a not-for-profit limited company – Registered Number: 00953937 (England and Wales).

Our founding President was the human rights campaigner the Rt Hon Lord Avebury.

Previous Presidents/Vice-Presidents include former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, and broadcaster, politician and physician Lord Michael Winstanley.

Our Aims

1. To promote improvement of dental health by securing the optimum fluoride content of water supplies (one part per million) in those areas where high levels of tooth decay remain a public health problem.

2. To promote and co-ordinate medical, dental, educational, and administrative efforts to achieve this.

3.  To distribute information about dental health.

Our main activities

  • providing a scientifically-based information service about water fluoridation to: health bodies; local authorities; educational establishments; professional organisations; the media; politicians; and, the general public;

  • organising scientific meetings to promote oral health through water fluoridation;

  • working at local, national and international level in order to extend water fluoridation within the UK, or safeguard existing water fluoridation schemes;

  • contributing to the body of scientific knowledge on water fluoridation and dental public health;

  • researching and producing scientifically sound, reader-friendly publications on water fluoridation.

  • responding to requests for information about water fluoridation from individuals and organisations nationally and internationally;

  • continuing to support the fluoridation activity of the Departments of Health, local authorities and NHS bodies throughout the UK.

  • maintaining links and sharing information with international colleagues

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Our Officers

President Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Vice-Presidents Councillor Charlotte Atkins,
Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron,
Lord Colwyn CBE,
Rt Hon Norman Lamb,
Rt Hon Alan Johnson
Chair S Bedser
Vice-Chair Dr JF Beal MBE
Hon Treasurer Dr R Lowry
Council J Charlton CBE,
Dr S Chohan,
Dr CM Jones,
SC Jones,
Dr P Thapar
Prof M A Lennon
Dr Barry Cockcroft CBE

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).