September 28, 2013
Around six million people currently have fluoridated water in England, in areas where councils have opted into the scheme.
A report found that where fluoride has been added to water, such as Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire where supplies have been treated for decades, fewer children needed fillings.
Britain’s ten million children had around 3.5 million fillings last year, and experts believe youngsters in socially deprived areas may benefit most from mass fluoridation.
But critics of adding fluoride to the water supply suggest it could be putting children at risk of developing dementia when they get older.
Philippe Grandjean, professor of environmental health at Harvard University, told the Daily Mail: “The possible effects on degenerative brain diseases are uncertain.