Improving oral health through community water fluoridation
Oral health: Listening to stakeholders
Oral health is important for general health and wellbeing.
Poor oral health can affect someone's ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise normally, for example due to pain or social embarrassment. Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable.
South Tyneside Council is exploring the possibility of the variation of its current community water fluoridation scheme. This is part of an overall strategic approach to improving oral health as part of the local authority's public health responsibility.
It is important to hear a range of interest group views, positive, negative or neutral.
During March we are seeking the views of local stakeholders and key partners through targeted focus groups and an online and paper questionnaire.
This key information and insight will allow us to share and gain a collective understanding of the things to consider. The feedback provided will help inform the development of our approach to any formal consultation held later in the year.
Once we have heard from local stakeholders we will be produce an independent report by the end of April which will be shared with our joint committee made up of representatives from local authorities and key partners ahead of any decision being made on how to proceed.