Cross Party Support for Wider Water Fluoridation Expressed at BFS Conference

If passed in 2022, the Health and Care Bill that is currently going through the House ofCommons gives provision to the Secretary of State to take responsibility for taking fluoridation forward.

During the recent British Fluoridation Society (BFS) conference in Birmingham, key figures in public health welcomed expressions of cross party support for more community water fluoridation schemes across the country.

The conference, held at Birmingham University’s School of Dentistry, focused on ‘Making a Difference’ and was officially opened by Lord Hunt, former Minister of Health, Labour peer and president of the BFS.

Anna Ireland, National Lead for Dental Public Health spoke about the evidence base and impact of wider water fluoridation as a positive public health intervention to tackle oral health inequalities.

Eddie Crouch, Chair of the Principal Executive Committee of the British Dental Association, provided insight and examples of how water fluoridation is making a difference to oral health in Birmingham.

Delegates also heard from a range of experts and key speakers exploring how water fluoridation is entering a new era in its implementation to reduce dental inequalities. The BFS conference is ECPD accredited.

The presentations are now available to watch on the BFS website at: https://bfsweb.org/british-fluoridation-conference-in-birmingham-on-23rd-october-2021/.