The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine endorses the
new Community Water Fluoridation website (www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz)
that explains the importance and benefits of supplementing fluoride
levels in community water supplies. By yesterday morning at around
1.30 am there had been 5600 unique visitors to the new fluoride
The NZCPHM agrees with the government's positive stance on water
fluoridation, and this is reflected in its media statement released
on 5 June 2013 (see below).
To read the NZCPHM Water Fluoridation Policy Statement, click here.
NZCPHM MEDIA STATEMENT
5 June 2013
NZ Public Health doctors say community water
fluoridation best option
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is endorsing
community water fluoridation as an important public health measure
to prevent tooth decay and reduce health inequalities.
College President Dr Julia Peters says the benefits of community
water fluoridation are most pronounced for those at risk of poor
oral health; Maori and Pacific people and people living in deprived
"Community water fluoridation programmes have been running in
countries with low natural amounts of fluoride in drinking water
supplies for over fifty years. There is consistent evidence of the
effectiveness and safety of these programmes in protecting and
improving oral health in these communities regardless of the
social, economic or cultural group."
Dr Peters says tooth decay is common in New Zealand.
"Tooth decay causes pain, infection, loss of teeth and loss of
self-esteem. It can stop people from eating, working and sleeping
and poses extra risks for people with other health problems such as
heart, renal disease, bleeding disorders and low immunity."
The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends that the level of
fluoride in water be adjusted to between 0.7 and 1.0 parts per
"The mineral fluoride occurs naturally in water supplies in New
Zealand but mostly at levels too low to provide protection against
tooth decay. Community water fluoridation allows for the adjustment
of fluoride levels in a public water supply to a level where
protection against tooth decay can occur."