Fluoride Support Sought

Dental Society Calls On Residents to Back Fluoridation in Submissions to KCDC

By Alan Tristram
May 12, 2010
Well-known Raumati dentist Gary Lawrence — a firm supporter of water fluoridation

A professional dental group has made a dramatic last-minute plea to Kapiti Coast residents to put in submissions to the KCDC favouring fluoridation.

The New Zealand School and Community Oral Health Services Society wants Kapiti Coast people  to submit against the proposal in the Council’s Draft Annual Plan to stop fluoridating most of the district’s water.

The Society’s spokesperson, Dr Neil Croucher, a senior public health dentist, says “We strongly urge the Kapiti Coast District Council not to proceed with this proposal, and in its place affirm the continuation of the fluoridation of the water supplies of Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati.

“We also urge the Kapiti Coast District Council to consider fluoridating Otaki and Paekakariki also, which currently are not fluoridated.

“For the sake of children’s oral health”

“If fluoride is removed from the water, children living within the Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati reticulated water supply areas will experience an increased risk of tooth decay. For the sake of children’s oral health in the Kapiti District we implore people to read this article and make a submission to the Council against the proposal.” People have until 5:00pm on Thursday, May 13 to put in their submission.

You can Read More Here. “It is in the interest of the community to maintain the supply of fluoridated water in these areas,” says Dr Croucher.

“A travesty” that Otaki and Paekakariki not fluoridated

“It seems a travesty that Otaki and Paekakarikia residents have not been able to enjoy the same oral health benefits that come through water fluoridation than their neighbours have at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati.

“Water fluoridation is the single most effective, practical and safe means of reducing and controlling the prevalence and severity of dental decay in a community,” says Dr Croucher.

“According to this website the amount and severity of tooth decay experience in these communities will drop between 20% and 30%, especially in children and young people. The benefits of water fluoridation for the general adult population, especially other vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with special needs, should not be underestimated either.

“Fluoride strengthens baby and adult teeth, as put forth by meschkesmiles.com, before they come through the gums by building fluoride into their structure. The main effect, though, is when teeth erupt through the gums. Exposing teeth to small and safe levels of fluoride helps strengthen the tooth surface, and fluoridated water is the best way to achieve this,” says Dr Croucher.

Background of Oral Health Society

The New Zealand School and Community Oral Health Services Society is a non-profit dental professional organisation whose main objective is to promote clinical excellence in public dental service provision.

This includes promoting of strategies that reduce the burden and impact of oral health disease nationally. The Society’s membership includes clinical and professional leaders of public dental services from every part of New Zealand , including professional leaders in the specialities of public dental health, community dentistry and dental therapy.

The vision of the New Zealand School and Community Oral Health Services Society is to provide a professional perspective that influences, with wisdom, integrity, collaboration and vision, the policy development and the provision of school dental health services in New Zealand .

The purpose of the Society is to:

  • Promote the improvement of oral health in children and youth in New Zealand
  • Take a lead role in the promotion of dental public health measures
  • Provide a focus for regional and national leadership in dental service provision
  • Debate issues influencing the direction on public dental service provision
  • Provide professional advice on school dental service provision and other oral health related matters
  • Enhance the consistency of quality, access and range of service among providers
  • Influence the development of evidence based clinical practice in school dental services by sharing ideas and providing support.