The sociopolitical aspect of water fluoridation as a public health measure [WATERFLUORIDASIE AS OPENBARE GESONDHEIDSMAATREEL: 'n SOSIOPOLITIESE PERSPEKTIEF]

Hartshorne J.E. ; Carstens I.L. (1990)


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This review provides a perspective on water fluoridation as a public health measure and the sociopolitical dispute preventing its implementation. Notwithstanding its world-wide recognition as a safe, efficient and cost-effective public health measure, water fluoridation has increasingly found itself in the sociopolitical arena. Factors responsible for preventing the implementation of water fluoridation include public sensitivity, anti-fluoridation campaigns, negative reporting by the media, public debates and lack of professional involvement. Successful implementation of water fluoridation can only be achieved by a purposeful national strategy, active communication and involvement by all concerned.

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