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Fluoridation anniversary approaches

This week marks the 69th anniversary of community water fluoridation.

The public health practice, proclaimed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, began Jan. 25, 1945, at 4 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich.

According to the CDC, 210.7 million people, or 74.6 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems, had access to optimally fluoridated water in 2012.

View the CDC's recent Grand Rounds presentation, Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention, at the agency's website.

The presentation explores the public health impact of community water fluoridation, including challenges and opportunities for state and local partners.

The ADA's Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference—a multifaceted campaign to reduce the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease—supports community water fluoridation as an effective and cost-efficient method to bring disease prevention to communities nationwide. One of the goals of the Action for Dental Health campaign is to ensure that 80 percent of Americans on public water systems have access to optimally fluoridated drinking water by 2020. See more on the campaign on the website.

For more fluoridation statistics, guidelines and recommendations, fact sheets, and FAQs, visit CDC.gov.

For more on ADA fluoridation policy and statements, resources, news, and more, visit ADA.org/fluoride.