The Australian Dental Association (ADA) says it would be disappointing if Toowoomba did not take part in the Queensland Government’s water fluoridation scheme.
The Toowoomba Regional Council, in southern Queensland, says it is too difficult to add fluoride to water supplies, but the Government insists the city cannot opt out.
The ADA’s Rob Sivertsen says residents have wanted fluoridation for a long time.
“Fluoridation of the water supply is something that the ADAQ [has had] as a high item on its agenda for something like 60 years,” he said.
“It’s been a long, long, ongoing struggle.
“Quite honestly we were euphoric when the State Government announced it was going to be implemented.”
Toowoomba deputy Mayor Paul Antonio wants to offer residents fluoride tablets, saying a report shows it would be too difficult to fluoridate water supplies.
“I’ve spoken to Paul Antonio and we have discussed the two of us meeting and perhaps just discussing common concerns with the view to working together to making something work,” Mr Sivertsen said.
“He himself is fairly supportive of fluoridation, but he’s just has got some concerns about the mechanics of it.”