QUEENSLAND might be the tourism capital of Australia and hold bragging rights to the most State of Origin series wins, but the Sunshine State has now claimed a most unwanted title.
The Australian Dental Association has declared Queensland as the worst in the country for tooth decay, reporting almost 150,000 children are on a waiting list to see a dentist in the public health system.
Health experts told News Corp children are having extractions daily and tens of thousands end up in hospital each year for dental work.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out mandating fluoride in council water supplies, ignoring a call from the Australian Medical Association Queensland.
There are 19 regions that have no fluoride in their water supply, equating to around one quarter of all Queensland residents.
Gold Coasters are treated to fluoride in their water system “as a safe and effective way to reduce tooth decay”, according to the local council website.
Researchers studied the impact of fluoridation in the Logan and Beaudesert areas, where fluoridation was introduced in 2008, and found that within three years children aged four to nine showed a 19 per cent reduction in tooth caries or cavities.
The National Oral Health Plan (2015 to 2024) recommends that all communities with more than 1000 people should be fluoridated.