Den­tists praise de­ci­sion to add flu­o­ride to wa­ter

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

Den­tists in Ea­ton and Aus­tralind have praised an an­nounce­ment from the Depart­ment of Health that flu­o­ride will be added to the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply for the area in mid 2020.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment, res­i­dents of Burekup, Brunswick Junc­tion, Pel­i­can Point, Pic­ton and Roe­lands will also re­ceive wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion at this time where they are con­nected to the same Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion op­er­ated pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply scheme.

Ea­ton Den­tal Cen­tre den­tist Dr Ramaprasad Natara­jan said flu­o­ri­da­tion was ben­e­fi­cial for chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing healthy teeth.

“It will pre­vent more de­cay in their mouths so there will be less chance of de­vel­op­ing cav­i­ties,” he said.

“So their teeth be­come more acid re­sis­tant so that will be more help­ful to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“When the tooth de­vel­op­ment is fin­ished there is no rea­son to have the flu­o­ride in the wa­ter there.”

Aus­tralind Den­tal Cen­tre den­tist Dr Ti­mothy Crofts said there was a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in den­tal hy­giene be­tween peo­ple in ar­eas with flu­o­ri­da­tion and those with­out.

“There are stud­ies which show a 30 to 50 per cent de­crease in de­cay for chil­dren in these ar­eas and that is sig­nif­i­cant,” he said.

“As a den­tist we see that dif­fer­ence in peo­ple who grew up in Perth com­pared to those who didn’t grow up in Perth how dif­fer­ent it is be­fore and af­ter flu­o­ride.”

Dr Crofts said he was more con­cerned with the health bene- fits than any loss of clients.

“At the end of the day our job is about mak­ing peo­ple healthy again and flu­o­ride is a part of that job,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately we are in a pro­fes­sion where peo­ple make the wrong de­ci­sions about diet and brush­ing so I don’t think it is a con­cern for us.”

How­ever, Flu­o­ride Free Bun­bury co­or­di­na­tor John Vukovich said flu­o­ride was dam­ag­ing to not just peo­ple but also the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It doesn’t just go into peo­ple - most of it goes into lawns and into the ground and that con­tam­i­nates the ground wa­ter,” he said.

“There has never been any sci­en­tific trial show­ing that flu­o­ride does help against tooth de­cay but there is plenty of ev­i­dence that it does cause other is­sues in­clud­ing ADHD and men­tal health is­sues.”

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