US moves to reduce fluoride levels in town water supplies will not be followed locally.
US moves to reduce fluoride levels in town water supplies will not be followed locally.

Fluoride water remains as is

NSW Health does not propose to lower the recommended level of fluoride in town water supplies despite moves to do so in the United States.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a change to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The new recommendation, 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per litre of water, replaces the previous recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per litre.

The reasons given for the change include that Americans have access to more sources of fluoride than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced in the United States.

“The current proposal by the US Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the optimal level of fluoride in water fluoridation programs is specific for the US,” said a spokesperson for the Mid North Coast Local Health Network.

“Significant differences between the US and Australia mean that the current water fluoridation policy in Australia is appropriate for Australia.

“Ongoing research into dental health outcomes is essential to ensure that the balance is correctly struck between reducing dental decay experience and limiting the prevalence of dental fluorosis.

“The most recent advice is that water utilities should maintain fluoridation concentrations between 0.9 and 1.5 with 1 milligram per litre being the optimum.”

Coffs Harbour’s fluoridation concentration is 1 milligram per litre.

Dr Paul Connett, co-author of the book The Case Against Fluoride (2010), will speak at a public meeting in Bellingen at 6pm on February 17 in the Uniting Church Hall.

Dr Connett, who is the executive director of the Fluoride Action Network, is on an international tour.



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