Sinking our teeth into fluoridation

Dr Karin Alexander

Federal President, Australian Dental Association

Most oral health expenditure relates to the treatment of dental caries, and its increasingly complex repair, replacement and re-treatment over a lifetime. The poorest dental health is experienced by the young and elderly, people living with disabilities, mental illness and social disadvantage, and Indigenous Australians. Public health experts have known for decades that water fluoridation safely reduces tooth decay in children. Recent studies continue to show reductions in