DENTISTS HAVE WARNED that removing fluoride from drinking water could have serious consequences for the dental health of Irish children.
At a meeting of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) yesterday, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry Dr John Walsh said all of the robust scientific data demonstrates that fluoridation protects against tooth decay.

“Studies of children’s oral health consistently showed that those living in areas with fluoridated water had 18% less tooth decay than those living in non-fluoridated areas,” he said.
To ignore this evidence is taking a big health risk.
The meeting heard that the potential effect of any decision by a local authority to remove fluoridation from public water systems would significantly increase the risk of tooth decay among children in Ireland.
Opposition to fluoride
In the last year, both Dublin City Council and Cork County Council have voted to end fluoridation of public water.
A high-profile campaign, organised by The Girl Against Fluoride, has also gained traction over the last couple of years. Organiser Aisling Fitzgibon has called for an end to the policy of mandatory water fluoridation, claiming it is harmful to public health.
Her group is taking legal action against the Irish government as it claims citizens have been “stripped of our rights not to be drugged against our will with unlicensed, untested chemicals”.
However Dr Walsh said Irish dental surgeries are “brimming with children under seven who are already showing signs of irreparable tooth decay from over-consumption of sugar-sweetened drink and treats”. He said evidence shows that this situation would worsen if drinking water was not fluoridated.


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