- Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:30
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Local authorities from across the United Kingdom should add fluoride to water supplies, following new research which confirms it has no negative effects. So says the Oral Health Foundation following a study carried out by the National Toxicology Program in the US which states that there is “no link between elevated levels of fluoride and cognitive learning deficits.”
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, says water fluoridation is a safe and highly effective way to significantly reduce health inequalities across the UK: “The single biggest improvement to oral health in the United Kingdom came with the introduction of fluoride into toothpastes and water fluoridation schemes can have an equally positive effect. He adds that the new paper, alongside many others which definitively prove there is no risk to health, “should pave the way for local authorities to introduce water fluoridation programmes across the country.”
Earlier this year, Public Health England (PHE) reported that they had proved fluoridation to be a safe and effective public health measure to reduce the severity and frequency of tooth decay. “We believe that the findings from the National Toxicology Program, alongside the report from PHE, demonstrates conclusively how the introduction of water fluoridation can dramatically decrease the number of children suffering from tooth decay, reduce the huge inequalities that exist and improve the quality of live for millions of people across the UK,” says Dr Carter.
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