Why is fluoride added to the public water supply in Ireland?
Fluoride is added to drinking water to reduce cavities in teeth. The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health, which operates under the guidance of the Department of Health, monitors new and emerging issues on fluoride and its effects on health and related matters. The Expert Body advises that the balance of scientific evidence worldwide confirms that water fluoridation, at the optimal level, does not cause any ill effects and continues to be safe and effective in protecting the oral health of all age groups.
As the water service authority, Irish Water is working with the HSE to implement State policy on fluoridation.
For morel information on fluoride in drinking water, visit ww.fluoridesandhealth.ie.