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Tooth decay in Hobart children related to failed fluoridation

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Hobart water had been getting inadequate fluoride because a dosing pump at a National Park water source has not worked properly for a year, reported The Mercury (28/7/2007, p.5).

Worsening teeth: Battery Point, Sandy Bay and South Hobart were among areas not reaching standards, dentists said. Concerns of a link were prompted by decay in local two- to six-year-olds so severe that surgery under general anaesthetic was required to repair and remove teeth. “Dentists have been seeing worse oral health Australia-wide and that’s going on despite problems with the fluoridation,” Dr Taylor said. He said fluoridation was vital, especially because diets were so bad. Taylor said the pump had been repaired.

The Mercury, 28/7/2007, p. 5

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