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‘Killer’ toothaches for captive orca – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 13th, 2017.

Captive orca have terrible teeth, mostly caused by chewing concrete and steel tank surfaces, according to research that photographed the mouths of 29 orca kept in captivity by one company in the USA and Spain. The research team, including New Zealanders, found all 29 whales had some form of damage to their teeth and more […]

Community water fluoridation – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 19th, 2017.

As parliament considers a bill to put decision-making about community water fluoridation in the hands of district health boards, fluoridation is likely to remain a polarising issue for some communities. The SMC asked New Zealand and international experts to discuss what the science says about the benefits of fluoridation and where the objections stem from. […]

Water fluoridation and underactive thyroid – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 24th, 2015.

Experts are challenging claims that water fluoridation is linked to higher than expected rates of hypothyroidism. A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggests water fluoridation — at rates used in New Zealand — is linked to 30 per cent higher than expected rates of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) in England. […]

Hamiltonians opt for water fluoridation – expert responds

Peter Griffin posted in on October 12th, 2013.

Hamilton residents participating in a local body referendum have voted overwhelmingly to resume fluoridating the city’s water supply. The referendum result saw 70 per cent of those who voted, 23,000 people, vote to have their water fluoridated. This follows a move earlier in the year by the Hamilton City Council to stop fluoridation of the […]

TVNZ/One News: Survey reveals Kiwis’ poor dental habits

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2010.

An international survey has shown that New Zealanders have poor dental habits. The results show that  the vast majority do not floss their teeth once a day, and that use of mouthwash (or even brushing at all) is also poor. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Dr Hisham Abdalla, an international lecturer in dentistry, says […]

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