The expert committee tasked with guiding the development of this evaluation of the evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation was selected to ensure appropriate expertise in the key areas of science and review methodology, in order to undertake a transparent and rigorous evidence-based assessment. It comprised highly-regarded experts in the fields of public health, oral health, epidemiology, child health, toxicology, cancer, bone biology, neurodevelopment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, water management and health ethics.
Australia has a long history of community water fluoridation to help reduce tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common health issues in Australia, affecting five out of ten children and nine out of ten adults. It can cause pain, difficulty eating and sleeping as well as costly dental treatments. The Council of NHMRC is made up of the Chief Health Officers from all of Australia’s states and territories, and they repeatedly assure me of the value of community water fluoridation [See “Extract” below] as a broad-reaching and equitable public health measure. NHMRC is not alone in our support for water fluoridation; it is supported by a wide range of public health and dental health organisations in Australia and around the world.
The latest evidence builds on past research and is clear – community water fluoridation helps to reduce tooth decay across the population. NHMRC’s recently released Public Statement further summarises this information and the new Questions and Answers resource can answer queries your constituents may have. You can find these documents on the NHMRC website at https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines- publications/e44-0.
Professor Anne Kelso AO Chief Executive Officer
8 March 2018
♦ Your lack knowledge on the issue of fluoridation, undermines our confidence in your policies and knowledge of other medical and ethical maters.
Water Fluoridation Is Illegal
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