Definition of fluoridate in English:



[with object]
  • Add traces of fluorides to (something)

    ‘the community had their tap water fluoridated’
    • ‘Consult your child's dentist before using any fluoridated mouth rinses or other products besides toothpaste.’
    • ‘You should also supervise your young child's toothbrushing sessions to make sure that he doesn't swallow toothpaste or other fluoridated products.’
    • ‘Of 25 countries studied, 13 fluoridated their water, seven fluoridated their salt, and five put fluoride in milk.’
    • ‘Toothpastes may contain ‘stannous fluoride,’ and municipal water supplies are often fluoridated.’
    • ‘The research in Newcastle, where tap water is fluoridated, also found that labelling about fluoride content was inaccurate in 75 per cent of the brands tested.’
    • ‘Conceivably, and… from the work done by Rand Water Board, it was demonstrated there may be towns down the river who have five or six towns above them fluoridating the water.’
    • ‘Yet reports in the British Medical Journal found that long-term exposure to fluoridated drinking water does not increase the risk of fracture.’
    • ‘A public debate about fluoridating the water supply would be a good place to start.’
    • ‘When water is fluoridated, chemicals that release fluoride are added to the water.’
    • ‘In Ottowa, Kansas, the incidence of dental caries doubled in the three years after fluoridating the water supplies.’
    • ‘The most obvious is to brush the teeth at least twice per day using fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I was ashamed to hear our town being mentioned for its poor dental record but the reality is that many parents do not buy fluoridated toothpaste.’’
    • ‘Indeed, had Mr Haworth read the Water Bill, passed by Parliament recently, he would have seen that this is the chemical being proposed to be used to fluoridate our water supplies.’
    • ‘They don't fluoridate their water supplies, but they do use fluoride supplements and dental products.’
    • ‘The chemist asked what kind of fluoride was being used to fluoridate the drinking water.’
    • ‘Worldwide over 300 million people drink fluoridated water supplies; many millions more regularly use fluoridated toothpaste.’
    • ‘They believe fluoridating the water is the most cost-effective way to improve the dental health of a nation apparently determined to persist with bad dental health practices.’
    • ‘In 1996, 25 of 26 councils in Northern Ireland voted against fluoridating their drinking water.’
    • ‘Dr. C. Danielson, in the Journal of American Medical Association, attributed many hip fractures in Utah to fluoridated drinking water.’
    • ‘In an exclusive e-mail interview, Dr. Arvid Carlsson of Sweden argues that fluoridating the drinking water should be stopped.’


1940s: back-formation from earlier fluoridation.