AMA (WA) welcomes NHMRC findings on fluoride

AMA (WA) welcomes NHMRC findings on fluoride

Wednesday 14 September 2016


The AMA (WA) welcomes the recent draft information paper by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation, adding that West Australians should not be conned by the anti-fluoride brigade.


“The findings of the NHMRC reiterate what we’ve said in the past; fluoridation is one of the most practical methods of reducing cavities in children and bridging the gap in oral health between wealthier communities and the disadvantaged,  AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said today.


“Prior to the introduction of fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash, fluoridated water reduced the number of cavities in children by up to 60 per cent.


“It is completely safe, cost-effective and efficient. The scientific data is completely clear on this,”


Dr Miller’s comments follows Fluoride Free WA’s petition which was presented to the WA Parliament today.


“There has been a rise of a small but extremely vocal anti-fluoride group in Western Australia, Dr Miller said.


“They are using similar tactics that anti-vaccination lobbyists use, namely inciting fear by referencing discredited studies showing the supposed ‘dangers’ of water fluoridation.


“These misguided individuals love conspiracy theories and they love misquoting research data.”


“These people should not call themselves anti-fluoride – what they really are is anti-health.


“The last thing we want to see is this misinformation gaining traction and people suffering from dental disease unnecessarily here in WA,” Dr Miller said.

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