Teeth whitening news: Southampton water to be fluoridated
Image-conscious residents in Southampton who have contemplated teeth whitening procedures could benefit from new plans by the local council.
According to Dentistry.co.uk, community members will receive fluoridated water through their taps following proposals from the South Central Strategic Health Authority.
The scheme, which will affect 200,000 people throughout Southampton, Totton, Netley and Rownhams, will be put into action in the upcoming months.
Despite the benefits fluoride provides for oral health, the plans were opposed by a number of residents, who were finally silenced by a High Court ruling.
Backed by members of the British Dental Association, the new initiative will also affect areas of south-west Hampshire.
Fluoride, which is contained in a number of toothpastes and mouthwashes, acts as protection for teeth by strengthening enamel and limiting the risk of decay.
In addition, the substance creates shallower grooves in children's teeth, which makes it much easier to remove potentially harmful plaque.