Fluoridation of water: a literature review of the risks of benefits for the population health in Ireland and an EU wide policy analysis of decisions made around fluoridation
Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe who continues to fluoridate its water supply for the prevention of dental caries.
Putative risks include cancer acceleration, teratogenic defects and increased bone density. In this review we will conduct an examination of the evidence surrounding the risks and benefits of fluoride delivered via the water supply for population health. We will examine the policy decisions taken by other European countries and compare these with the decision taken by the Irish Government.