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Fluoride Imperative to Good Oral Health
The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) strongly supports community water fluoridation and is encouraging residents to join their local dentists in voting for fluoride to be added to water in upcoming referenda in Hamilton, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay.
NZDA CEO Dr David Crum says that the science on community water fluoridation is well-established. In New Zealand decay rates are approximately 40% lower among children living in areas with community water fluoridation. The safety of this public health intervention has been intensively researched for over 65 years. Research from New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the UK and the USA has consistently found no evidence of adverse general health effects from community water fluoridation provided at optimal levels as practiced in New Zealand. Community water fluoridation costs just 50 cents per person per year. The cost of a single filling is around $130.
“Community water fluoridation is effective, safe, affordable and benefits everyone in a community. Those are important success criteria for any public health intervention and the fact that it passes the mark on all these criteria, no matter how you look at it, is hugely beneficial” … says Dr Crum. “This is why the NZDA takes this unequivocal stand in support of fluoridation.”
“We encourage those wanting to know more about water fluoridation to check out evidence-based information sources, like the new Ministry of Health Fluoride Facts website” said Dr Crum.
For more information about fluoride, visit www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz
For New Zealand Dental Association’s position statement on water fluoridation visit www.healthysmiles.org.nz/default,224,statements-and-recommendations.sm
"Self Care for Dentists" Book
NZDA is proud to announce the launch of 'Self Care for Dentists' written by Linda Jones and Jeff Annan. A copy of each book will be available for all NZDA members and is available for download. (Please log in for link)
The Dental Trauma Guide – www.dentaltraumaguide.org – March 2013
This online resource replaces the 'Dento-Alveolar Trauma: A Desktop Guide' and is a is a non-profit website dedicated to optimising worldwide treatment of dental trauma.
The site covers treatment guidelines for primary and permanent teeth. The website is developed in cooperation between the Copenhagen University Hospital and the International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT).
NZDA encourages all dentists to refer to this online resource – it is kept up-to-date by world experts and is designed for dentists in the 'moment' of dealing with dental trauma. This website assists with the diagnosis of the injury with animations which are helpful for patient education. It is constantly updated and contains up-todate evidence-based treatment information.
The Desktop Trauma Guide can be downloaded here.
Intergovernmental Treatment on Mercury (and Dental Amalgam) - March 2013
In early 2009 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agreed on the need to develop a global legally binding treaty on mercury. Governments were tasked with negotiating a treaty through a series of five conferences called Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) meetings. Beginning in 2010 they were concluded in January 2013. The last of the meetings, which brought together over 140 countries, resulted in a global legally binding treaty on mercury. This wide ranging agreement aims to reduce mercury emissions and releases to the air, water and land.
The UNEP treaty on mercury is highly relevant to oral health, as it will include provisions for dental restorative materials, specifically dental amalgam.
The treaty, just announced, is known as the Minamata Convention and will be signed in Minamata (Japan) later this year. It will enter into force once it has been ratified by 50 countries. This will regulate a range of areas, including the use of mercury in products and industrial processes. The treaty requires countries with coal fired power plants to install filters and scrubbers on all new plants and to commit to reducing emissions from existing operations to prevent mercury from coal reaching the atmosphere. The treaty requires governments to draw up national rules to comply and could take between three and five years to take effect.
Changes to the Medicines Regulations - 2 November 2011
There have recently been changes to Medicines Regulations which affect dentists. Whilst not substantive for most prescribing dentists they are important. The amendments include, amongst other things:
Changes to the rules relating to prescribing and dispensing medicines, including alignment of prescribing provisions for different prescriber groups, provision for generic substitution by pharmacists, and updates to the requirements for prescriptions.
Exclusion of certain products (e.g. some fluoride toothpastes,) from regulation under the Medicines Act 1981
Please read the following document for more details here.
ERMA Environmental Risk Management Authority Decision - 4 August 2011
Amendments are made to the Dental Products (Oxidising, [5.1.1]) Group Standard 2006 and the Dental Products (Subsidiary Hazard) Group Standard 2006 (the specified Dental Products Group Standards) in accordance with section 96B of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (the Act).
The Committee's decisions with regard to dental products containing or releasing hydrogen peroxide can be read here.
Global agreement on mercury - 8 November 2010
New Zealand's Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has been asked to contribute to a process that aims to develop a multilateral international agreement on mercury. This proposed global agreement is being facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ERMA participated in a meeting that was held in Stockholm in June 2010 and will again participate in a UNEP meeting in Japan in January 2011.
By definition, an amalgam is an alloy of any metal with mercury. The NZDA has been asked to provide comment on specific questions that relate to the use of mercury in dentistry. These comments have been approved by the Executive of the NZDA and have been submitted on behalf of the Association to ERMA. Submissions were due on the 29th October 2010. Click here to view the NZDA submission.
Therapeutic Guidelines CD giveaway
NZDA has 150 copies of the Therapeutic Guidelines Oral and Dental CD, in partnership with the Australian Dental Association, to give away.You will need to log in for more details.