PHE publishes water fluoridation health monitoring report

22 Mar 2018 02:31 PM

New report shows water fluoridation helps reduce tooth decay and that there is no convincing evidence of adverse health effects.

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Water fluoridation: health monitoring in England 2018 report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Public Health England (PHE) has a duty under the Water Industry Act 1991 to monitor the effects of fluoride on people living in areas covered by water fluoridation schemes on behalf of the Secretary of State. PHE will report on this at least every 4 years.

Today’s is the second such report; the first was published in March 2014. The findings of both the 2014 and 2018 reports are consistent with the view that water fluoridation is an effective and safe public health measure.

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE, said:

The evidence in this report shows water fluoridation is a safe and effective method to reduce tooth decay, especially among deprived communities. We would encourage local authorities to consider this evidence carefully when deciding on their plans to improve dental health in their areas.

The report found:

The Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England 2018 report is available online. The next report will be due by March 2022 at the latest.