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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what methods other than fluoridation of public water supplies safe levels of fluoride can be delivered to the population. [130429]

Trials are underway of offering fluoridated milk in schools and, in some parts of Europe, fluoridated salt is on sale. We have introduced the brushing for life scheme whereby free fluoridated toothpaste is given to families with young children in areas of high tooth decay. Findings to date suggest that none of these measures yields benefits equivalent to those derived from water fluoridation.