Councils Reject Fluoride in Water Supply reports Alin Alkass
Dental experts concerned for the young and elderly
There were only three votes that backed the continuation of fluoride in water at Wednesday's meeting. The decision is expected to save nearly $170,000 per year in public costs.
Bruce Newman, the ADA's Queensland president, noted that the decision would negatively effect the most vulnerable of the Fraser Coast.
"Undoubtedly you will be able to see that there are more cavities appearing in people's teeth, particularly the young because they have baby teeth and much thinner enamel," Mr Newman said.
"But also the older generations or people who have periodontal disease or severe gingival recession, the softer root areas of their teeth are exposed to the bacteria in the mouth, these will decay as well."
Newman also noted that the cost of fluoride in the water supply was cheaper than the public dental bill raise that is sure to be incurred following the decision.
He stated that the Fraser Coast, together with three other councils, have also voted to stop utilizing fluoride. Newman noted these groups are now out of step with the majority of the population.
The local government was given the power to decide on fluoride last fall, and the decision has been one of heavy contention over the last four months.
Newman stated that he agreed with the comments which were previously made by Fraser Coast Mayor, Gerard O'Connell, and that the matters of dental care are for the State Government to handle. In Australia, the work is funded at the state level.
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