Water fluoridation as a public health measure. A sociopolitical perspective

This review provides a perspective on water fluoridation as a public health measure and the sociopolitical disputes preventing its implementation. Notwithstanding its world-wide recognition as a safe, efficient and cost-effective public health measure, water fluoridation has increasingly found itsel...

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Published in: South African medical journal Vol. 77; no. 10; pp. 525 - 528
Main Authors: Hartshorne, J E, Carstens, I L
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Published: South Africa 05-19-1990
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Summary: This review provides a perspective on water fluoridation as a public health measure and the sociopolitical disputes preventing its implementation. Notwithstanding its world-wide recognition as a safe, efficient and cost-effective public health measure, water fluoridation has increasingly found itself in the sociopolitical arena. Factors responsible for preventing the implementation of water fluoridation include public sensitivity, anti-fluoridation campaigns, negative reporting by the media, public debates and lack of professional involvement. Successful implementation of water fluoridation can only be achieved by a purposeful national strategy, active communication and involvement by all concerned.
ISSN: 0256-9574