School introduces water only policy, tooth decay halves


Dental Association encouraged by ‘water only’ school results

Recent research showing positive results from a South Auckland school’s ‘water only’ policy is encouraging says The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).

Decile 1 Yendarra School adopted a 'water only' policy for drinks in 2007, requesting parents to supply only water and milk.

The study of 10 years’ data showed that the average number of cavities dropped and the number of extractions due to decay nearly halved.

“We are encouraging schools and early learning services to adopt ‘water-only’ polices,” said NZDA spokesperson Rob Beaglehole.