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UK Against Fluoridation

Friday, February 12, 2016

House of Lords

Fluoride: Drinking Water:Written question - HL5686
Q Asked by Earl Baldwin of BewdleyAsked on: 01 February 2016
Department of HealthFluoride: Drinking WaterHL5686

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 January (HL Deb, col 641) about the potential fortification of bread with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects in pregnancy, why they do not apply the argument "around choice and whether or not it is right to medicate the entire population for the benefit of a fairly small part of it" to the fluoridation of water supplies to prevent caries.
A Answered by: Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 11 February 2016

It has been the policy of successive governments that decisions on water fluoridation are best taken locally. There is a duty to consult the local population where local authorities propose the establishment of a new water fluoridation scheme. Some areas of the country have water supplies that naturally contain levels of fluoride similar to the target level for water fluoridation schemes where the levels are adjusted.


Dental Health: Children:Written question - HL5687
Q Asked by Earl Baldwin of BewdleyAsked on: 01 February 2016
Department of HealthDental Health: ChildrenHL5687

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 January 2013 (HL4464) describing the Childsmile programme as "very encouraging", whether they can give further information about the benefits of the programme as an alternative to water fluoridation in addressing dental decay and social inequalities in dental health.

A Answered by: Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 11 February 2016

There are a variety of community based oral health improvement programmes that have been shown to be effective in reducing dental decay. No single intervention is likely to provide a solution to oral health improvement priorities and many work together for maximum benefit, for example water fluoridation and fluoride toothpaste.
Public Health England recently reviewed such programmes and published an evidence informed toolkit entitled; Local authorities improving oral health: commissioning better oral health for children and young people, for local authorities to support their work on oral health improvement. Local authorities can therefore consider a range of oral health improvement programmes (including those which make up the Childsmile programme in Scotland and water fluoridation) and decide which or which combination is most appropriate to their local population’s needs. A copy of the toolkit is attached.

Local authorities improving oral health toolkit (PDF Document, 1.92 MB)

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