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BDA welcomes southern England water fluoridation

15th February 2011

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed a new scheme that will see fluoride added to the water supplies of certain areas in southern England.

South Central Strategic Health Authority has been given clearance to fluoridate water in Southampton and parts of south-west Hampshire in response to the high levels of tooth decay seen in the regions.

The BDA noted that as many as 42 per cent of five-year olds in Southampton have been affected by tooth decay, a problem that has not been eradicated despite oral health initiatives by the local primary care trust.

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the BDA, stated that the safety of water fluoridation as a means of improving oral health has been ratified by scientific studies.

He added that the new initiative "is likely to encourage consultation on similar schemes in other parts of the country where fluoride could help address the poor dental health of the population".

Earlier this month, the organisation called for new contractual dental arrangements for Northern Ireland to be piloted as soon as possible, as it believes their implementation is "well overdue".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800406411-ADNFCR

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