2017 public statement – water fluoridation and human health in Australia

Water Public health drinking water Water fluoridation Australia

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has publically supported community water fluoridation as a population health measure since 1952, and regularly reviews the scientific evidence on this topic. 

This 2017 Public Statement recommends community water fluoridation as a safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay, and a range within which NHMRC supports states and territories fluoridating their drinking water supplies.

The 2017 Public Statement is based on a comprehensive review of the evidence, published in 2016, and the translation of this evidence into the NHMRC Information Paper – Water fluoridation: dental and other human health outcomes, published in 2017. It also takes into consideration what the situation is here in Australia (compared to that in many countries in the northern hemisphere which have high levels of naturally occurring fluoride).

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