Fluoride is naturally found in all water sources, including fresh and sea water. Fluoride is also found naturally in a wide range of food items including tea, fish and rice. When present in drinking water at the optimum level, or used in dental treatments, fluoride can promote dental health by helping to prevent tooth damage and decay. It has also been shown that when added to drinking water supplies, fluoride can promote dental health by preventing tooth damage and decay.
For further information on fluoride, please refer to the following factsheets:
In Western Australia, the addition of fluoride to a public drinking water supply is not permitted unless the water supply authority is directed by the Minister for Health and done in accordance with the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1966 (External link) (Act). The WA Health's position statement on fluoride use for oral health in Western Australia is available for download from the link below:
WA Health's position statement on fluoride use for oral health in Western Australia (PDF 183KB)
The study Water Fluoridation and Dental Health of Children in WA was published by the Department of Health in 2016 is available to download.
The Advisory Committee for the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies is a committee established under the Act to provide advice and recommendation to the Minister for Health in regards to the fluoridation of public water supplies in the state. For more information about the committee and the process by which a water supply is fluoridated, go to the Advisory Committee for the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies webpage.
The Committee also conducts community surveys from time to time in communities that do not have fluoridated drinking water at the time of the survey, to determine that community's perception on fluoridation. The following survey reports are available for download:
Last reviewed: 27-06-2016
Last updated: 29-11-2016