Fluoride

​What is Fluoride?

Fluoride occurs naturally and has been present on earth before life itself. All water supplies contain fluoride, however some do not have it at a level to provide protection against tooth decay.

What is water Fluoridation?

Water fluoridation involves adjusting the existing fluoride concentration in water to a point where it provides dental benefits for all the community.

How does Fluoride work?

Fluoride acts in a number of ways to strengthen teeth and make them more resistant to tooth decay. When fluoridated water is consumed during tooth formation fluoride helps the body to form high quality tooth enamel.

For people of all ages, fluoride in drinking water enables teeth to remineralise and repair damage continuously. The end result is less decay and teeth that look better.

Who will benefit from water Fluoridation?

The entire community benefits from water fluoridation regardless of age, income, and level of education or ability to access dental care. Australian communities that live in fluoridated areas have up to 60% less decay than those in areas of low fluoride.

Is water Fluoridation safe?

As with other elements, fluoride is safe and effective when used and consumed properly. Through continuous research, drinking water that has optimal levels of fluoride has been scientifically proven to be safe (not toxic) and effective. Healthy teeth and gums are vital for general health.

What level of Fluoride will be added?

Lithgow’s level of natural fluoride is around 0.1 parts per million (ppm). Water fluoridation will adjust that natural level in drinking water to the recommended level of 1.0 ppm.

What do some of the world’s major health authorities say about water fluoridation?

World Health Organisation:
• Fluoridation of water supplies significantly improves dental health.
• Fluoridation of water supplies is the most effective public health measure for the prevention of dental decay.

Public Health Association of Australia:
• Water fluoridation has been demonstrated to be effective in preventing tooth decay.
• It should continue to be regarded as a safe and effective public health measure.