THE possibility of fluoride being reintroduced into Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast water supplies has lead to a watery discussion online.
Readers were asked via Facebook yesterday what they thought about a Rockhampton dentist's desire to see fluoride reintroduced to local water supplies.
His comments came after the Queensland Child Oral Health Survey 2010-2012 report released yesterday shows three in four children (74.1%) in Northern Queensland (which includes the Rockhampton region) visited for a check-up at their last dental visit and 26% of them visited for a dental problem.
Do you want to see fluoride reintroduced into Rockhampton water?
This poll ended on 22 August 2014.
Yes - 46%
No - 53%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Some readers argued the decaying teeth issue should dealt with where it starts - at home and by educating parents on how to get children to brush their teeth properly and regularly, along with not consuming sugar ridden food and drinks.
Others argued that putting fluoride in water supplies was toxic and took away their human rights to fresh water and internationally unlawful and unethical.
Meanwhile, others say they want it reintroduced as due to the medical benefits and that it was scientifically proven to be beneficial.
While most were anti-fluoride on Facebook, The Bulletin's online poll, which had attracted 183 votes by 2pm today, showed 62% of voters were supportive of fluoride being reintroduced locally.
Here are some of the comments:
Paul Tyler - There was a Choice review of the FACTS - well documented scientific research - Why don't you all read it and ... "While still a controversial topic that can arouse strong passions, it's now clear that the dental health benefits claimed for fluoridation are well supported by scientific evidence - and that the risks have been greatly exaggerated"
Lauren Jensen - Can't see what difference flouride in the water would do. How many kids drink it anyhow. It's their overall diet that needs addressing.
Shanna Scott - Fluoridating water for "health" reasons is forced mass medication and is internationally unlawful and unethical.
Margaret Balchin - Don't understand why would the dentists want fluoride in the water if it's as good as they are saying because in time wouldn't they be doing themselves out of a job it's a bit like biting the hand that feeds you
The full Facebook discussion: