BMC Oral Health 2016 DOI: 10.1186/s12903-016-0169-0 View Full Text
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Michaela Goodwin, Richard Emsley, Michael Kelly, Eric Rooney, Matthew Sutton, Martin Tickle, Rebecca Wagstaff, Tanya Walsh, William Whittaker, Iain A Pretty

Abstract: BackgroundTooth decay is the commonest disease of childhood. We have known for over 90 years that fluoride can prevent tooth decay; it is present in nearly all toothpastes and can be provided in mouthwashes, gels and varnishes. The oldest method of applying fluoride is via the water supply at a concentration of 1 part per million. The two most important reviews of water fluoridation in the United Kingdom (the York Review and MRC Report on water fluoridation and health) concluded that whilst there was evidence …

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