Addressing oral health inequalities in the United Kingdom--the impact of devolution on population-based fluoride policy.

British dental journal

PubMedID: 23846053

Chestnutt IG. Addressing oral health inequalities in the United Kingdom--the impact of devolution on population-based fluoride policy. Br Dent J. 2013;215(1):11-2.
The front covers of the current volume of the British Dental Journal (Volume 215) feature drawings by children participating in the Welsh national oral health improvement programme - Designed to Smile. This programme involves 78,350 children in the Principality, who are deemed at greatest risk of tooth decay, participating in daily toothbrushing in 1,211 nurseries and schools. It mirrors the Childsmile programme in Scotland. Since devolution in 1999, approaches to oral health improvement across the United Kingdom have diverged. This article considers the way in which population-based policies with regards to fluoride use have varied between countries.