scoop.co.nz 18 Mar, 2021 01:15 am

Strengthening Water Fluoridation Decisions

Strengthening Water Fluoridation Decisions
Proposed changes to Fluoridation Bill further ensures we are taking a safe, effective and affordable approach to improving children’s oral heath, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today.

“Around 6,500 children under the age of nine were admitted to hospital for tooth decay and associated infections in 2019.“The current level of fluoride found naturally in our water supplies is not enough to prevent tooth decay.The findings suggest that for people living in areas with fluoridated drinking-water there is a: ­ 40 percent lower lifetime incidence of tooth decay among children and adolescents ­ 48 percent reduction in hospital admissions for the treatment of tooth decay among children aged 0-4 years ­ 21 percent reduction in tooth decay among adults aged 18–44 years ­ 30 percent reduction in tooth decay among adults aged 45 years and over.“The Fluoridation Bill as a whole recognises water fluoridation is a health-related issue.

“Community water fluoridation is a proven public health measure that will make a big difference to children’s wellbeing.The World Health Organization recommends boosting fluoride to optimum levels and community water fluoridation as the best method to do this.

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