4 Nov 2010

House of Lords

Asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of water fluoridation on the general health of the population in areas where water fluoridation has occurred; and how this compares with areas where the water has not been fluoridated.[HL3099]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Fluoride offers the best prospect for reducing inequalities in oral health. In areas where the water is fluoridated, dental decay is lower than in comparable un-fluoridated areas.
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Nevertheless, it is also important to provide assurance that the general health of the population is not adversely affected. Water fluoridation has been in operation in England for over 45 years, serving some 10 per cent of the population. Routine health monitoring has not revealed any adverse effects in those areas. In addition, the department monitors relevant research and also commissions research. There is no evidence of risk to people's health from the fluoridation of water at the level permitted in the United Kingdom.

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