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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Shocking figures show one in three Southampton four-year-olds have tooth decay

Daily Echo: PUBLIC ANGER: Marching against fluoridation through Southampton city centre in May 2013MORE than a third of children are starting school in Southampton with rotting teeth, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The shocking figures are also on the rise, bucking the national trend, and confirm Southampton has the worst dental hygiene rates in the South East.

City health chiefs say more needs to be done to tackle the problem, although new projects are being rolled out to help improve children’s teeth.Eighteen months ago plans to add fluoride to Southampton’s water supply were scrapped after public outcry over the move.
Public Health England confirmed they would not go ahead with the scheme in the face of overwhelming public opposition and against the wishes of both Hampshire County and Southampton City councils.
But they insisted adding fluoride to the supplies of 160,000 Southampton residents and a further 35,000 people in neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire, was safe and effective way to help address the area’s poor dental health record.
The latest figures show a deterioration in the levels of tooth decay since that decision was made. When asked whether the plan could be tabled again a spokesman for Public Health England said it would be down to the local authority to begin that discussion.
A statement read: “Water fluoridation is one of a range of actions, including supervised tooth brushing, that councils can consider to improve oral health in their area.”
The new statistics published by PHE in its latest Oral Health Survey from 2014/15 were revealed as the Government announced a tax on sugary sodas in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.
They showed that 33.7 per cent of 1,155 five-year-olds in Southampton surveyed displayed obvious signs of tooth decay.
That is up from 29.9 per cent in 2012 when 2,538 youngsters were surveyed and 31 per cent in 2008 when 307 children were checked Nationally 24.7 per cent of children surveyed most recently, were suffering from tooth decay – the lowest level in more than a decade.
In Hampshire 15 per cent per cent of youngsters surveyed had tooth decay compared to 17.2 per cent in 2012.
And neighbouring Portsmouth has made huge strides with 18.1per cent of youngsters assessed suffering it - down 14 per cent from 32.1 per cent eight years ago...........
Why can't Southampton achieve the same results as Portsmouth?
They've already wasted £1,000,000 in a failed attempt to introduce fluoridation. 


  • Here we go again, even in the face of compelling new evidence that fluoride causes cancer, and studies from New Zealand proving that fluoridation isn't working, PHE are still scheming to get Southampton fluoridated.

    But they only examined 307 children in 2008 to claim that Southampton had the worst decay statitics in the country, and for the latest figures, less than half the number of children who were checked in 2012. Their attempts to pull the wool over our eyes in 2008 failed and any renewed efforts to force fluoridation on us will be met with even greater resistance.

    If Childsmile is so successful in Scotland, it can work here. If only PHE had the will.

    By Anonymous Carrie, at 19 May, 2016  

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