HC Deb 01 February 2001 vol 362 cc263-4W
Mr. Hammond

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the release of fluoride into a patient's mouth through the use of slow-release fluoride dressings during dental treatment requires the prior consent of the patient. [147417]

Mr. Hutton

For children and adults the consent required from the patient or from a person with parental responsibility would be the same as that for any other dental treatment.

Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use by NHS dentists of products intended to be placed in the mouths of patients that release fluoride over an extended period of time. [147837]

Mr. Hutton

I understand these treatments are at an experimental stage. Full evaluation would be necessary before consideration could be given to making the products generally available to National Health Service patients.