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Fluoride | Water fluoridation



glass of waterFor over 60 years fluoridated water has proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce tooth decay in towns and cities in Australia and overseas. It's good for your teeth and for the health of Queenslanders. For more information about fluoride, ask your dentist or doctor or visit the Australian Dental Association website. You can also phone 13Health (1343 2584)

Safety of water fluoridation

  • The fluoridation of public water supplies has been practised around the world for more than 60 years; it is acknowledged as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
  • Water fluoridation gives extra protection against tooth decay but a healthy diet, regular brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups are essential for good oral health.
  • More than 150 major health organisations including the World Health Organisation, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) support water fluoridation.
  • Numerous studies and subsequent reviews have confirmed the effectiveness of water fluoridation in reducing dental decay for the whole population.
  • The 2007 National Medical and Health Research Council review of water fluoridation found no negative health effects and only a slight increase in dental fluorosis. An update of this evidence is now underway to reflect the latest scientific research. Read about the report, the current review and the health effects of water fluoridation.

Read about water fluoridation legislation and regulation

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Last updated: 27 April 2015