THE announcement in last week’s Gazette for this week being Dental Health Week has reminded me that unlike 90 percent of Victoria’s population, the towns of Strathbogie Shire do not have fluoridated water, according to the Victorian Health Department website.
This contrasts with Bacchus Marsh which, in 1962, was the first town to have fluoride added to the drinking water.
Starting in 1977, fluoride has been added to Melbourne’s water.
It is worthwhile noting that Portland, Nhill, Port Fairy, Barnawartha, and Kaniva have naturally occurring fluoride in their drinking water.
My question is, “Why are our communities being denied what has been proven to be a major health intervention for the prevention of tooth decay?”
I acknowledge that a small number of people have fears about the addition of fluoride into drinking water.
The long history of fluoride supplementation in Australia and worldwide, shows overwhelming evidence of benefit and the absence of negative effects.
It’s time our water supplies were fluoridated.
Jim Shovelton, Creightons Creek