ARPHS Media Release
Community water fluoridation meets a public health need in our
communities and addresses health inequalities. It is no surprise
that it is acknowledged by the United States Centre for Disease
Control and Prevention (USCDC) as one of the top ten public health
achievements of the 20th Century.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service, alongside the
Auckland Regional Dental Health Service and the Ministry of Health,
continues to support community water fluoridation as a safe,
effective and affordable public health measure that improves and
protects oral health.
Community water fluoridation has undergone over 60 years
of scientific studies and systematic reviews internationally by
experts, and despite the persistent claims about the dangers and
health effects of community water fluoridation in New Zealand,
science has yet to find any evidence of those claims.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is very clear
that the science is not in dispute, although others have attempted
to debate it as though it is.
As New Zealand's pre-eminent scientist Professor Sir Peter
Gluckman has said publicly on community water fluoridation, the
science is being used as proxy for what is essentially a debate
As public health and science experts, our responsibility
must rest with the common good, given our ethical responsibility to
ensure that everyone in our communities has access to beneficial
public health interventions.
Community Water Fluoridation helps address those health
disparities facing our most vulnerable and economically
disadvantaged communities. It is the fairest way for
everyone, regardless of income, area, age or health status to
receive fluoride's proven health benefits.
There are challenges whenever
complex scientific information is being communicated. Expertise in
epidemiological research and interpretation of published literature
is required. This is why systematic reviews of reputable studies
are so valuable.
Tooth decay is a serious health
condition, is very painful, and causes unnecessary suffering for
children, adults and the elderly from all walks of life, cultures
and socio-economic areas. That is what makes universal access to
community fluoridated water so important.
For public enquiries, including after hours, contact:
Auckland Regional Public Health Service - (09) 623 4600
For more information:
ARPHS website on community water fluoridation