New Data Reinforces Case for Fluoridation

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Health officials in Australia have released new data that strengthen the case for fluoridating drinking water. These data show that young children living in non-fluoridated regions of New South Wales — the most populated state in Australia — were hospitalized for fillings or tooth extractions at a rate 70 percent higher than children in the same age group in fluoridated areas.

The analysis examined the number of children up to the age of 4 who required dental-related procedures at hospitals. Chris Ingall, a pediatrician in the non-fluoridated city of Lismore, called the rate of dental decay in his region “extremely high,” especially among low-income children.