FLUORIDATION is a gamble with an inadequate margin for safety, according to one of the world’s leading fluoride opponents.

Dr Paul Connett, the executive director of the Fluoride Action Network and professor of chemistry at St Lawrence University in New York, addressed about 120 invited guests last night at the Warrnambool Fluoride Action Group meeting.

Medical professionals, councillors and residents vehemently opposed to fluoridation met at the City Memorial Bowls Club.

The passionate Dr Connett said better living conditions, and not fluoride, reduced tooth decay in communities.

He urged health professionals to question what he called the “PR nonsense” being promoted by the Department of Human Services on fluoridation.

“I forgive them their ignorance. I do not forgive them their over confidence,” he said.

The gathering unanimously endorsed nine resolutions including one calling on Warrnambool City Council to adopt Moyne Shire’s approach and consult residents over fluoridation.