Unlike other chemicals added to drinking water, fluoride is not used to treat the water.
We need to keep fluoride in the dental chair where patients can be informed.
None of the water supplied by South East Water has fluoride artificially added.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring substance found in soils and rock and very low levels can be present in water throughout the country.
They are now deciding whether the benefits of fluoridation would outweigh the cost – which would be borne by health trusts.
Supporters of fluoridation said it was necessary to reduce tooth decay.