Scaremongering spells end of fluoridation

Eight regional councils across Queensland have scrapped water fluoridation in the wake of new state laws allowing them to ditch the public health measure.

The move was condemned by the Australian Dental Association, which said the councils were surrendering to “scaremongering” campaigns from “fringe groups”.

Earlier this month, nine out of 10 Cairns regional councillors voted to scrap fluoridation.

The council said fluoridation amounted to