Information for the public about the use of fluoride to prevent tooth decay.
The information comprises:
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in foods and drinks such as fish and tea. It is also present in varying concentrations in all natural water.
Fluoride has been added to some drinking water supplies in the UK to bring the concentration up to a level that protects against dental decay. This has been done for almost 60 years.
Fluoride can also be synthesised (manufactured) using chemical processes. Synthetic fluoride is used in toothpaste, from which most people get their fluoride.