Lifestyle

City's fluoride debate is back on

MAYOR Paul Pisasale has opened the door to a fluoride back-flip in Ipswich - but dental experts warn the decision is best left to health professionals.

Should Ipswich's drinking water contain added fluoride? Click here to vote in our Poll

Ipswich's drinking water has contained fluoride since the Bligh Government made it compulsory in 2008.

But Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has now reversed that policy and handed the power to decide whether fluoridation of drinking water continues back to councils.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of the Queensland Council of Mayors yesterday and Cr Pisasale said the community should make their voices heard.

He called on advocates and opponent of fluoride to make their views known and said the council would be guided by the people, not politicians.

"What I want to do is hear from the community about fluoride and I want everybody to speak up. There's many for it and a lot of people against it," he said.

"It's important to get the right decision."

But Queensland Dental Association President Dr Andrew Wong said Ipswich's drinking water "absolutely" must contain fluoride and the decision should not be up for debate.

"The association absolutely believes Queensland's water supply should be fluoridated and is supported by the AMA. It has shown to be a safe and effective means of reducing dental decay," he said.

"The association urges all council that are fluoridating their water to continue to do so and urge councils that are considering it to implement it."

Dr Wong said over 25 years of medical research proved fluoride has health benefits, not disadvantages.

"The Association and the AMA are very concerned with the change in legislation and that minority groups will sway local governments."

A Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, which supplies Ipswich's water, said the organisation is yet to discuss this issue with councils.

"We are keen to understand the position of our shareholding councils and are committed to working collaboratively with them and the bulk water supplier to ensure the best outcome for our customers and the community," a spokesperson said.

Fluoride is added to drinking water at treatment plants.

Fluoride Facts

  • Queensand had the worst levels of tooth decay in Austrlaia prior to fluoride being introduced.
  • Fluoride reduces the risk of dental decay by up to 40%.
  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound found in water, plants, rocks, soil, air and foods.

Should Ipswich's drinking water contain added fluoride?

This poll ended on 21 December 2012.

Yes - 36%

No - 63%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  fluoridation of drinking water, fluoride, lawrence springborg, paul pisasale




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Family mourn war veteran who died in Ipswich house fire

Vietnam war veteran Maurice Sutton was killed in a house fire at One Mile on May 5, 2016.Photo: Contributed

Horrific discovery inside One Mile home early this morning

Choose a cat and take it home

Adorable cats need a new home

Diggers ready for the ultimate challenge against intercity rivals

ROLL CALL: Lachlan Roe will join nine teammates from the Jets BRL in the Ipswich Diggers squad.

Ipswich Diggers prepare for Chairman's Challenge.

Latest deals and offers

What's making news today

The Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman.

QT editor Peter Chapman takes a look at what's in today's Queensland Times.

French honour for World War Two veterans

French honour for World War Two veterans

Pie shop re-branded

Paul Pisasale enjoys a pie at the Platinum Pie Group.

Paul Pisasale enjoys a pie at the Platinum Pie Group store in West Ipswich with...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances