DENTAL: New evidence has emerged supporting fluoridating drinking water.
DENTAL: New evidence has emerged supporting fluoridating drinking water. Mark Bowden

SDRC to look into fluoridation

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Mayor Tracy Dobie has requested information from Queensland Health regarding water fluoridation after new evidence has emerged supporting it.

This comes after reports the Australia Medical Association and Australia Dental Association would step up pressure on the Southern Downs Regional Council to start fluoridating its drinking water.

Cr Dobie said there was strong arguments for and against fluoridating water.

"The Australia Medical Association and Australia Dental Association claim there is new evidence in support of fluoridation,” Cr Dobie said.

"In 2014, there was a survey taken of those residents connected to the reticulated water system.

"While there was only a 30% response to the survey, over 50% of the respondents were in favour of removing the fluoride from the reticulated water system.

"The council at the time resolved to cease fluoridation.

"I have asked for a briefing to our council from Queensland Health, in particular to provide an update on what other options Queensland Health is looking at in regard to fluoride for Queenslanders.”

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