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Knowledge, perception and behaviour of the general public concerning the addition of fluoride in drinking water



Knowledge, perception and behaviour of the general public concerning the addition of fluoride in drinking water



Canadian Journal of Public Health 89(3): 162-165



A telephone survey was carried out in 1994, in the Quebec City region, among 1006 people living in two municipalities where tap water is fluoridated and 1003 people living in two municipalities where there is no fluoridation. Knowledge of the main benefit associated with the use of fluoride (prevention of tooth decay) in drinking water was not different in fluorated versus non-fluoridated municipalities (20.4% vs 19.4%, p = 0.57). Knowledge of its main disadvantage (increase of dental fluorosis) was very low and similar in both groups (3.1% vs 2.0%, p = 0.11). Opposition to fluoridation was slightly higher in fluoridated areas (22.0% vs 18.3%, p = 0.04), and the use of fluoridated supplements for children was much less important in fluoridated areas (4.4% vs 12.4%, p = 0.001). No changes in the measures of association (odds ratios) were found after adjustment for the different characteristics of the participants (age, family income, education). Opposition to fluoridation was lower among those who believed their tap water was fluoridated (even if not): 19.9% vs 34.5%, p < 0.001. This study demonstrates that there is still need for public health education on the uses of fluorides.

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DOI: 10.2307/41992843


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