News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Water fluoridation means 40% less tooth decay

Water fluoridation means 40% less tooth decay

With water fluoridation in the news recently, Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service wants to ensure that Rotorua residents have reliable and credible information on water fluoridation.

“Everyone benefits from water fluoridation especially children and those most at risk of poor oral health,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health for Lakes District Health Board. “The New Zealand Oral Health Survey 2009 showed that children and adolescents in fluoridated areas had, on average, 40% less tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas.”

Compared to New Zealand as a whole, children in the Lakes District Health Board (DHB) area have some of the poorest dental health statistics. For example, according to the most recent available Ministry of Health data, 56% of Year 8 children in the Lakes DHB area have tooth decay – this is the highest of all DHBs. “It’s a child’s right to have the best opportunities society can provide to have good health, including good teeth. This is one of the reasons why water fluoridation is so important for Rotorua,” says Dr de Wet.

There is overwhelming consensus from the national organisations that represent doctors, public health specialists and dentists that water fluoridation is safe and effective in helping protect teeth from decay. The Auckland water supply is fluoridated and residents of Hamilton, Hastings and Whakatane also showed their majority support for fluoride last year in their local referendums. Along with brushing twice a day, choosing low sugar food and drinks, and having regular dental check-ups, water fluoridation helps protect our teeth and provides life-long benefits.

Fluoride is naturally present in the water we drink but in Rotorua’s water sources, like almost all New Zealand water sources, this is below the level that benefits teeth. Water fluoridation is when the natural fluoride level in the water supply is topped up with just enough fluoride to protect our teeth. Water fluoridation helps to protect teeth by making them stronger and by slowing down decay. It’s also the best way to make sure everyone’s teeth get some protection, especially those of children.

“Water fluoridation can be a contentious issue and often this arises from misinformation, which is why we are committed to providing accurate and credible information from reliable professional sources. I encourage you to visit the Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service website for information on water fluoridation,” says Dr de Wet.

For more information visit www.ttophs.govt.nz/fluoridation or www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz

ENDS

________________________________________

For sidebar:

For information on water fluoridation:
Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service – www.ttophs.govt.nz/fluoridation
Fluoride Facts – www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz
Ministry of Health - www.health.govt.nz/fluoride

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news