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Archived Comments for: Feasibility and costs of water fluoridation in remote Australian Aboriginal communities

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  1. Alternative approaches to achieve the desired impact at less cost.

    George Gillespie, UC London (Epidemiology and Public Health)

    6 September 2007

    This is a good article that clearly identifies and typifies the problems and costs associated with attempting to provide dental caries prevention to isolated small communities through water fluoridation. The recent WHO /WHA Resolution 60/17 of May 2007 on Oral Health specifies alternate acceptable and effective community vehicles(such as salt and milk)which can be used to overcome this problem at far less cost than that identified in the article, and yet with equivalent beneficial impact. It is hoped that the authorities would consider these approaches used by millions in similar situations in other countries, rather than leave these populations without the preventive benefit on the basis of cost and difficulty of administration of water fluoridation.

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  2. Re Alternative methods of fluoride distribution

    Neil Lanceley, Lirra Djama Pty Ltd

    29 October 2014

    Most indigenous Australians living a triditional and remote lifestyle, would not typically use either milk or salt as part of their diet, which is composed of praditional food sourced from nature by hunting. The only suitable means of fluoride consumption would by means of micro fluoride plants or supplementary sources.

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