NSW Health is pleased to advise the Oberon community that official approval has been granted for fluoridation of the towns water supply to occur.
This has been made official following publication in the NSW Government Gazette.
Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Health Protection Manager, Priscilla Stanley said, “We would like to congratulate Oberon Council for making the decision to fluoridate the town water supply”.
Ms Stanely supports the statement in National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2017 public statement on Water fluoridation and human health
, states “Along with a combination of health diet, good oral hygiene, appropriate use of fluoridated toothpaste and regular dental check-ups, water fluoridation is an effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.”
In Australia, community water fluoridation programs are considered a safe and effective way of reducing tooth decay across the population. Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems in Australia. It can cause pain, difficulty eating and sleeping, and may make people feel unhappy about their appearance.
In Australia, dental health has improved since water fluoridation began in the 1950s. Compared to their parents’ generation, Australians born after 1970 (when the majority of water fluoridation programs commenced in Australia) have about half the level of tooth decay.
Community water fluoridation allows everybody to benefit from the protective effect of fluoride, without individuals having to make a conscious effort to change their behaviours. It benefits people of all ages throughout their life regardless of education, income or access to dental care.
Tooth decay can develop at any age, so water fluoridation is an important way of reducing tooth decay in children and adults. Fluoridation of drinking water particularly benefits children, and those on a lower income who tend to have higher rates of tooth decay and less access to dental treatment and other forms of fluoride.