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CLIP 6031

Tackling child tooth decay - fluoride in drinking water

Tackling child tooth decay - fluoride in drinking water
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Key Info
  • Tackling child tooth decay - fluoride in drinking water
  • Duration: 02:12
  • In south Bristol there is a call to add fluoride to drinking water to reduce tooth decay. Dentists claim lack of education about the need for regular brushing and limiting consumption of sweet foods and drinks, particularly in less affluent areas, is leading to severe tooth decay amongst children. They claim fluoride improves dental health by strengthening tooth enamel whilst having no deleterious effects on general health. However, those opposed to the scheme point out that fluoride, even at one part per million in drinking water, is still a registered poison. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 12 December 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Chem: Periodic Table and Atomic Structure

  • Keywords: acids, halogens, fluoride, oral health, tooth decay, diet, side effects, chemistry, properties
Ideas for use in class
  • Acids & Bases - Science in the News or Research Studies.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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