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Improving oral health through community water fluoridation

Oral health: Listening to stakeholders

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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.

More information

You can find more information below:

Useful Council documents

Stakeholders - have your say

Through the programme we will gather the responses from our targeted stakeholders.

If you would like to take part you can do so by filling in the online survey by 22 March:

Have your say on improving oral health through community water flouridation

You can also email us a written response to

Please let us know your thoughts by 22 March.

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.

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