WHO home
All WHO This site only

Water Sanitation and Health (WSH)

  About us | Databases | Guidelines | Training | Tools | Networks | Policy
  WHO > Programmes and projects > Water Sanitation and Health (WSH)
printable version

World Water Day 2001: Oral health: Previous page | 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Oral hygiene and safe water supplies

  Table of contents

Good oral health requires a clean water supply, sufficient for brushing and cleaning teeth regularly from an early age. Poor oral hygiene may also result in periodical problems since the dental plaque may induce gingival inflammation and deep pockets. While fluoride intake from drinking water and a balanced, low sugar diet are probably the most important factors in reducing dental caries, a lack of clean water for basic oral hygiene may tip the balance towards earlier and more severe patterns of caries. Where fluoride concentrations in water or in the diet are known to be low, community water fluoridation is safe and cost-effective. While there are established benefits from adding fluoride to waters with low natural fluoride, fluorosis remains a problem in areas of where the natural concentration of fluoride is high, as discussed in the theme article on natural hazards.

World Water Day 2001: Oral health: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 | Next page

[an error occurred while processing this directive]