Fluoride Action Network

Poots considering water fluoridation

Source: Londonderry Sentinel | April 13th, 2013 | By Kevin Mullan

THE Health Minister Edwin Poots says he is considering fluoridation of the water supply to ensure fluoride is delivered to poorer people and dental disease is more often prevented.

Mr Poots said the move was being considered based on a dental health report complied six years ago.

He said: “The 2007 Oral Health Strategy stated that the greatest oral health gain is likely to be achieved through community water fluoridation.

“Water fluoridation ensures delivery of fluoride to ‘hard-to-reach’ groups such as those of lower socioeconomic status who are more likely to experience dental disease. I am giving consideration to fluoridation of the water supplies at present.”