National 2012 child dental health study -
Regarding the threat of fluoridation for Hull (and the East Riding), Martin Deane of the Green Party says:
"Teeth are improving everywhere. This study shows that by 2012 Yorkshire and Humber had caught up with London in dental health.
"In the 4 years to the 2012 study, our region made one of the biggest improvements in the country.
INFO: graph relates to data in 2012 dental survey [attached]
"In our region, five authorities perform worse than Hull: Barnsley, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.
INFO: graph shows relative dental health of 21 LAs in Yorkshire and Humber region, from data tables in the 2012 study.
"Clearly any effect of fluoride is highly arguable. Only North Lincs is fluoridated and it's not the best in the region.
"Hull comes 16th in the league, or 6th from bottom. Worse dental health can be found in: Barnsley, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford. Hull councillors might consider what methods were successful nationally and what authorities worse than us intend doing."
Ryedale has got the best teeth in Y&H (0.30) on a negligible 0.05 mg/l of fluoride in the water supply.
Harrogate is next (0.55) with similar low natural fluoride in the water.
North Lincs is next (0.60) and is fluoridated at 1mg/l (or 1ppm).
Selby is 4th (0.62) with 0.07 mg/l in its water supply.
Craven is 5th (0.64).
East Yorkshire is 6th with 0.74 and, like Hull, has 0.12 mg/l natural fluoride.
You can check your fluoride level by entering your postcode here.
"However, there's a high correlation between well–off authorities and areas which have high index of multiple deprivation – and health decay. Generally speaking, the worse off an authority, the higher the level of tooth decay."
Hull and East Riding Green Party