Fluoride wins in some communities

16 October 2013

Taranaki DHB Dental Clinical Director Hospital Dental Service, Dave Antunovic was delighted with the results of the referendums held during the weekend.

“This is a positive win for all those living in these communities especially those who are most disadvantaged,” said Dr Antunovic.
“This is sending a message to our newly elected New Plymouth District Council who now has an opportunity to listen to the health experts, look at feedback from other communities and reverse the decision made by the previous council.”

Oral health and communities were the winners as voters in Whakatane (60 per cent) and Hastings (63 per cent) voted for fluoride to be retained in their water supplies, and in Hamilton, 70 per cent voted for fluoride to be put back in the water after the city council removed it earlier this year.

“Community water fluoridation is the most cost effective way of preventing tooth decay in our community. Fluoride is a common and naturally occurring mineral - it is found in air, soil, plants, water and lots of foods,” he said.

“It protects teeth, it's safe, it's cost effective, it's for our children, families and whanau. Water fluoridation is supported by international, national and local health organisations. There is extensive scientific study to support its safety,” said Dr Antunovic.

“Fluoride in drinking water at the correct monitored levels can do a lot of good without doing any harm. It really is that simple.

Now is the time for our newly elected councillors to take note of the results of New Zealand referendums and put fluoride back in the water for our New Plymouth community. “


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Last updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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