The York review--a systematic review of public water fluoridation: a commentary

Br Dent J. 2002 May 11;192(9):495-7. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4801410.


Following the election of the British government in May 1997, a policy document outlining proposals to improve the health of the nation was published. This document placed a major emphasis on reducing inequalities in health and recognised the continuing poor state of oral health in deprived communities. However, whilst acknowledging the benefits of water fluoridation as a caries preventive measure, the Department of Health suggested that most of the research had been carried out some years ago and furthermore, recognised that strong views were held both for and against fluoridation.

MeSH terms

  • Cariostatic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Cariostatic Agents / adverse effects
  • Cariostatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control
  • Fluoridation* / adverse effects
  • Fluorides / administration & dosage
  • Fluorides / adverse effects
  • Fluorides / therapeutic use
  • Fluorosis, Dental / etiology
  • Health Policy
  • Hip Fractures / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic*
  • Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Public Policy
  • Research Design
  • Safety
  • Social Class
  • Statistics as Topic
  • United Kingdom


  • Cariostatic Agents
  • Fluorides