Flu­o­ri­dated Wa­ter

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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