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Fluoridation Census Report Shows Increase

April 06, 2016

Slightly more Americans enjoy the benefits of fluoridated drinking water, according to a new report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data in the 2014 Fluoridation Census show that at the end of 2014, 74.7 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems—214.2 million people—had access to optimally fluoridated water. This is an increase of a 1/10 of a percentage point over the 2012 census, which translates into an additional 3.5 million people receiving the benefits of fluoridated water.

The CDC updates its fluoridation statistics every two years. This is the seventh consecutive increase since 2000, when 65 percent of the U.S. population on community water supplies—161.9 million people—received optimally fluoridated water.