The ADAVB Supports Fluoridation

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADAVB) is pleased to support the extension of water fluoridation to those parts of rural and regional Victoria which have not yet been provided with access to this beneficial public health measure.

Combined with a balanced diet, effective oral hygiene and regular checkups, fluoridation helps the community to achieve optimal oral health.

The ADA and many dental academics and researchers around Australia have for a considerable time been confounded by occasional opposition to the adjustment of natural fluoride levels in drinking water supplies through the addition of fluoride to optimum decay-fighting levels.

There is universal agreement between all the major public health bodies throughout the world regarding the benefits of water fluoridation. Starting at the top with the World Health Organisation and extending to many peak health bodies, fluoridation is a widely supported preventive health measure. However some campaigners oppose the measure and seek to influence decision-making at the local level, thereby denying communities vital decay protection.

It is with this in mind that the ADA reminds the community that water fluoridation is:

SAFE to be used in the fight against dental infection (decay)
EFFECTIVE in that it delivers proven decay reduction
EFFICIENT in that it reaches a high proportion of targets
COST-EFFECTIVE in that its benefits far outweigh the costs
EQUITABLE in that it transcends socio-economic barriers that might prevent the use of other decay preventing, fluoride-containing products

"Dental cavities can be prevented by a low level of fluoride constantly maintained in the oral cavity. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated drinking water, salt, milk, mouth rinse or toothpaste, as well as from professionally-applied fluorides. Long-term exposure to an optimal level of fluoride results in fewer cavities in both children and adults." (Source: WHO Fact Sheet No 318 Feb 2007)

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADAVB) is pleased to support the extension of water fluoridation to those parts of rural and regional Victoria which have not yet been provided with access to this beneficial public health measure.

Combined with a balanced diet, effective oral hygiene and regular checkups, fluoridation helps the community to achieve optimal oral health.

The ADA and many dental academics and researchers around Australia have for a considerable time been confounded by occasional opposition to the adjustment of natural fluoride levels in drinking water supplies through the addition of fluoride to optimum decay-fighting levels.

There is universal agreement between all the major public health bodies throughout the world regarding the benefits of water fluoridation. Starting at the top with the World Health Organisation and extending to many peak health bodies, fluoridation is a widely supported preventive health measure. However some campaigners oppose the measure and seek to influence decision-making at the local level, thereby denying communities vital decay protection.

It is with this in mind that the ADA reminds the community that water fluoridation is:

SAFE to be used in the fight against dental infection (decay)
EFFECTIVE in that it delivers proven decay reduction
EFFICIENT in that it reaches a high proportion of targets
COST-EFFECTIVE in that its benefits far outweigh the costs
EQUITABLE in that it transcends socio-economic barriers that might prevent the use of other decay preventing, fluoride-containing products

"Dental cavities can be prevented by a low level of fluoride constantly maintained in the oral cavity. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated drinking water, salt, milk, mouth rinse or toothpaste, as well as from professionally-applied fluorides. Long-term exposure to an optimal level of fluoride results in fewer cavities in both children and adults." (Source: WHO Fact Sheet No 318 Feb 2007)

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