Research

Findings from work undertaken in the 1950s and 60s underpinned the decision to set up the Foundation. Since its formation the charity has been committed to the support of further research, and we have been the principal sponsor for studies into milk fluoridation globally.

Support has been provided for clinical studies, examining the efficacy and effectiveness of this method of intervention, and for extensive basic science that has helped establish the biological plausibility of fluoridated milk as a caries preventive measure. To date this has resulted in some 350 publications. These have been brought together in abstract form on a database; please contact us should you wish to receive a copy of this resource.

The WHO manual 'Milk fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries’ provides a helpful summary of the research conducted into milk fluoridation prior to its publication in 2009.

Another important WHO publication is the ‘Basic methods for assessment of renal fluoride excretion in community prevention programmes for oral health’. The 2nd edition, published in 2014, provides useful guidance for monitoring fluoride excretion and concentrations in community-based fluoridation programmes and is intended to encourage oral health personnel to use a systematic approach to managing and analysing data obtained from different levels of fluoride exposure.

The Foundation’s commitment to research remains strong and you may like to read about some of the ongoing and recent studies that have been awarded grants. Details of the publications resulting from studies supported by the charity can also be found on this site.