Letter: A choice of fluoride

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Sir: Jenny Duckworth misconstrues the water industry's very sensible suggestions for resolving the legal impasse over water fluoridation.

At present, communities wanting fluoridation have been denied it because of confusion about who takes the final decision, and lack of clarity over water companies' legal responsibilities. There is no question of forcing "nationwide fluoridation". No one is trying to fluoridate the whole country at a stroke - it is a question of local decision-making, following proper local consultation.

Water fluoridation is a safe, effective and cost-effective way of preventing tooth decay - a disease which is still far too common, especially among people living in socially deprived areas.

JOHN HUNT

Chief Executive

British Dental Association

London W1

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