The water fluoridation debate.

Michael G. McGrady, Roger P. Ellwood, Iain A. Pretty

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    Water fluoridation schemes have been employed for over 50 years. Water fluoridation has been a source of continuous debate between those who advocate its use as a public health measure and those who oppose it. There have been no new fluoridation schemes in the U.K. for nearly 30 years owing to principally legislative, but also geographic, financial, and political reasons. However, in early 2008, the U.K. Secretary of State for Health promoted the use of water fluoridation schemes for areas in England with the highest rates of decay. This article, the third and final article of three, aims to discuss the arguments surrounding water fluoridation and its continued relevance as a public health measure. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: This article aims to provide an update for general practitioners for the background and the current status of the water fluoridation debate and to enable them to answer non-clinical questions raised by patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-22
    Number of pages10
    JournalDental Update
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


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