Key Points

  • Fluoridation is supported by the World Heath Orgainisation, the Federation Dentaire Internationale and the International Association for Dental Research as a safe and effective means or reducing tooth decay.
  • The British Fluoridation Society is very grateful to the Borrow Foundation (http://www.borrowfoundation.org/) for their support.
  • Fluoridation is supported by the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, the British Medical Association, the British Dental association, the US Public Health Service and many other medical, dental and scientific organisations in the UK and around the world.
  • Independently conducted opinion surveys over the past 30 years have generally shown hat a significant majority of people in the UK think fluoride should be added to water if it can reduce tooth decay. Many people interviews in these surveys think their water has already been fluoridated and that they are therefore benefiting from it when, in reality, their water is not fluoridated.

One in a Million

Our One in a Million online database includes a comprehensive section on support for water fluoridation.

Summary of Data Published Post 2012/2013

  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in its 2020 report State of Child Health asks that “the UK government should provide resource and support for Local Authorities to implement fluoridation of public water supplies, particularly for areas where there is a high prevalence of tooth decay”.
  • In an interview with the British Dental Journal the Rt Hon Alan Johnson, former Secretary of State for Health, noted “there are libertarians who argue that people should be free to choose what they consume. But not everyone has the luxury of choice, so it’s an elitist position….there are some measures that a civilised and educated society must allow to happen, whether it’s adding chlorine to water to prevent cholera, a universal vaccination programme, not smoking in public areas, fortification of flour to prevent spina bifida or water fluoridation, they are there for the greater good”.
  • References for “public attitudes to water fluoridation in the North East of England”  (paper accepted by BDJ)  paper 1, paper 2