Press Release: New
Zealand Dental Association
The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons
of England recently released a report on the poor state of
children's oral health in England. They called for widespread
introduction of water fluoridation in order to reduce the huge
numbers of children having teeth extracted.
The Faculty of Dental Surgery cited a report by Public Health
England that found 45% fewer children aged one to four were
admitted to hospital for tooth decay in fluoridated areas.
In New Zealand the latest Ministry of Health Annual Health
Survey found that 35,000 children had teeth extracted in the past
year because of tooth decay.
The New Zealand Dental Association is appalled at this figure as
it means that children in New Zealand are suffering unnecessarily.
The NZ Dental Association advocates for the widespread introduction
of water fluoridation. "The evidence states that tooth decay rates
are 40% lower in regions where the population is protected by
drinking fluoridated water" states Dr David Crum, CEO of the NZ
A report released last year titled "Health effects of water
fluoridation: a review of the scientific evidence"published on
behalf of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the
Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor strongly supports the
findings of the review of the scientific evidence into the health
effects of water fluoridation.
"The report strongly reaffirms the NZDA's position that
community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and cost
efficient way of reducing dental caries and reducing health
inequalities," says Dr David Crum.
The NZDA and the NZ Medical Association along with the Ministry
of Health, the Australian and American Dental Associations, the
World Health Organisation and the World Dental Federation all
support community water fluoridation. "The NZDA urges the Minister
of Health to take the issue seriously and ensure that all New
Zealander's are protected from tooth decay by drinking water that
has been fluoridated ", says Dr David Crum.