Fluoride check denied

WA Health Minister turns down review of fluoride in water

THE State Government has rejected calls for a review into water fluoridation, saying a national review was undertaken in 2007.

Health Minister Kim Hames said he did not consider a parliamentary review necessary following a call by Perth Fluoride Free founder James Fairbairn.

Mr Fairbairn said there had been no examination of water fluoridation by State political leaders since it was introduced in the 1960s.

“This is simple policy laziness, continuing supporting the same policy unquestioningly year in, year out,” he said.

“Most of the world does not practise water fluoridation, and the few countries that still do have been backing away from it over recent years due to the ever increasing weight of scientific evidence pointing to the health dangers for some in the population.

“After nearly five decades of complacency, it’s time for our parliamentarians to be given the opportunity to review the new evidence for the sake of all WA residents.”

Dr Hames said the National Health and Medical Research Council reviewed national and international scientific literature in 2007.

“Fluoridated drinking water forms part of a suite of prevention initiatives that include a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, appropriate use of fluoridated toothpaste and regular dental checkups,” he said.

“Fluoridation of community water is the most effective way to deliver fluoride to all members of the community, regardless of age, individual motivation, socioeconomic status or the availability of dental care.”

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