Water fluoridation

All of the water supplies MidCoast Water Services manages are fluoridated. The Manning and Great Lakes, Gloucester, Stroud, Tea Gardens and Bulahdelah supplies are part of the 95 per cent of NSW water supplies that contain fluoride.

Nearly 90 per cent of Australians now receive drinking water containing fluoride – with more than 95 per cent of the NSW population having access to fluoridated water, in some areas for over 50 years.

Fluoride acts in a number ways to strengthen teeth and make them more resistant to tooth decay. Tooth decay develops when acid, produced from sugars by bacteria in the mouth, destroys the outer surface of the tooth.

A constant supply of low level fluoride from fluoridated water continually repairs the damage caused by acid.

The fluoridation of public water supplies is carefully controlled. NSW Health and NSW DPI Water are responsible for implementing the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957, and associated Regulation and Code of Practice.

For more information on fluoridation, please go to the NSW Health website