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

 


Supports for central government responsibility for fluoride

Lumino in support of central government responsibility for fluoridation

Some of New Zealand’s most experienced dentists have spoken out in favour of putting the decision-making power for water fluoridation in the hands of the Director of General Health, rather than local authorities.

Their stance backs up the call from local council delegates at the recent Local Government New Zealand conference in Nelson in July 2014.

The Clinical Advisory Board (Board) of New Zealand’s largest private dental network, Lumino The Dentists, says that dentists from around the group’s 80 practices are continually having to correct patient’s perceptions about fluoridation in water supplies.

The Board has criticised the anti-fluoridation lobby for its vocal influence amongst lay people outside the dental industry, and particularly, City Councillors.

“Anti-fluoridation lobbyists often quote research with little regard for context, validity or subsequent reviews that have discounted this questionable research. It is easy to hear emotive, highly political views from the vocal minority and be swayed into thinking this is scientific gospel.

“Our preference is that those skilled in science and public health policy be the arbiters of public health strategies for New Zealanders, not lay people with limited understanding of scientific reporting. We would prefer that these decisions be made at central government level.

“The effect of water fluoridation is a public health benefit, at little cost, with quality of life advantages that cross all demographics.”

In addition, the Board believes that costs incurred by councils having to hold referendums and defend their water fluoridation decisions could be money better spent on direct initiatives aimed at improving oral health in local communities.

“The anti-fluoridation lobby would be better spending their energy on targeting other products that go into people’s mouths daily. We encourage the anti-fluoridation lobby to take a walk around the corridors of any DHB Hospital in NZ to see the impact of sugar - harmful to teeth, human health and life expectancy.”

Lumino The Dentists is the largest employer of dentists with 80 practices throughout NZ. The company recently held its second annual Lumino Day in partnership with KidsCan - an initiative led by clinicians in the group to provide free care for parents and caregivers of Kids Can families. Feedback from the day showed that, anecdotally, there was less advanced decay in fluoridated locations, and the Board believes ‘fluoridation has played a part, without question, in mitigating dental disease in these families. Without it, we are confident that we would have seen more serious decay and unnecessary pain and suffering.’

The National Fluoridation Information Service (NFIS) is funded by the MOH to constantly review literature relating to fluoridation, and is a reliable source of information on fluoride.

NFIS website: http://www.rph.org.nz/content/14350004-1cf6-45ad-a32d-d35311bfe2fc.html

MOH website: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/fluoridation

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news