LETTER: Let's put the fluoridation of our water to rest

Put fluoridation to rest

LET'S put the fluoridation of our water to rest once and for all.

Some experts advocate the mass medication of the public with fluoride.

Some reject the idea.

Who are we to argue with the experts?

So let's look at what we know. No one is stopping anyone from using fluoride.

It is readily available in most chemists in tablet or liquid form.

Most fluoridated water goes down the drain so it does little for anyone's teeth.

I don't know what bulk fluoride costs but this is a waste our council does not need - after all, it's our money.

Now we come to the issue of mass medication; who knows how much or how little water a person drinks?

So if our water is fluoridated how do we know what the impact of fluoride is on any one person?

The answer is we don't, and based on reports some people are more susceptible to the effects of fluoride than others, mass medication could be putting our neighbours at risk.

The answer is simple, those that want it, use it, but please don't force it on those that don't.

JOHN A. NEVE

Torquay

The fluoride debate has been sparked on the Fraser Coast.
The fluoride debate has been sparked on the Fraser Coast.

Fluoride perfectly safe

I WOULD like to thank the Fraser Coast Chronicle for giving much-needed attention to the issue of water fluoridation and bringing the topic back into the forefront of many minds within the region.

I understand that many people believe fluoride is a toxin, and at certain levels it is - as is water, salt, and many other substances we consume and come into contact with on a daily basis; however when administered at appropriate dosages fluoride is perfectly safe and beneficial in reducing dental caries.

Although studies should not be considered in isolation, a simple case study in the Logan-Beaudesert district highlights the potential impact of water fluoridation.

Over the three years (since 2008) when fluoride was introduced to the water supply, there was a drop in tooth decay of 19% seen in children in the district.

This is particularly important given that 51% of Queensland children aged 5-6 years have dental caries in their deciduous (baby) teeth and 47% of 12 year olds have decay in their teeth.

The Fraser Coast is already among the most vulnerable to health inequalities in the state due to our high rates of low socio-economic, unemployment and mental health. Oral health is fundamental to our overall health and wellbeing, thus in order to promote the health and wellbeing of our community, reinstating water fluoridation must be a matter of priority for the State Government.

NIKKI BOSWELL

Hervey Bay



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