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[30 AUG 99] WARWICKSHIRE HEALTH AUTHORITY NEWS
Fluoride Needed To Cut Stratford Tooth Decay

A high level of tooth decay amongst Stratford youngsters could be down to the lack of fluoride in parts of their water supply, according to dental experts.

A recent survey of five-year-old shows more tooth decay in Stratford than in any other area in South Warwickshire, and Warwickshire Health Authority’s consultant in dental public health Philip Jenkins believes there is only one explanation.

He said:

"In 1990 there were problems with the treatment plant for some of the water supply in Stratford, so it had to be re-built meaning that is was no longer getting fluoridated to the same level as other areas.

"Because of the nature of the supplies, they are small drill holes which are scattered around, it would be impossible to build a separate treatment plant for each one.

"However, we have looked at these new figures and there does not seem to be any other explanation for the rise in tooth disease apart from this lowering of the fluoride level."

This problem will now be addressed after the water companies channelled several of the springs into one treatment facility, but Jenkins admits it will take a while to see any clear results.

He said:

"It is hoped that the water will have the increased fluoride level by the middle of next year, but it will be another 18 months to 24 months before there is any change in the level of disease.

"Obviously when you get results like these it does reinforce the benefits of treating the water with fluoride, and it is not the first area in Warwickshire where this has shown itself.

"There was a similar situation in Rugby in 1987 when the water was not being fluoridated so it is hard to put the problem down to anything else.

"The level of tooth decay within Stratford five-year olds averages 1.38 decayed teeth per child, while the rest of South Warwickshire was less than half of that amount [0.63].

"When the fluoridation of the water in Stratford stopped in 1990 the area had the best figures in the county [0.57]."
  

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