NORTHERN Rivers doctors have thrown their support behind fluoridating the region's water supply saying it is a safe and economical way of protecting oral health.
Northern Rivers General Practice Network chair Dr David Guest said his colleagues agreed all councils should follow Ballina Shire's lead and fluoridate its water.
Dr Guest said the NRGPN board hoped Lismore City Council would rescind the decision not to fluoridate its water.
"The NRGPN Board has agreed that fluoridation at recommended levels is the best way of preventing dental disease, and this long-running issue should be put to rest once and for all," he said.
"As GPs, we know poor oral health causes considerable suffering for adults and children, and has a knock-on effect with other health issues, including cardiac problems which are often linked to gum disease."
"Something needs to be done urgently, and this means the appropriate fluoridation of the reticulated water supply."
Dr Guest said it was widely accepted that fluoridation was the best way of protecting the communities' oral health.
"Like vaccination against infectious diseases, the science of fluoridation is well accepted around Australia and internationally."
"We urge our councils to listen to the science as the only rational way to address this important health issue."