Millions more benefit from fluoridated water
CDC releases 2012 statistics
The latest water fluoridation statistics from 2012, posted online, show that community water fluoridation is available to 6 million more residents than in 2010.
"We are very pleased to report this positive news about the continued increase in fluoridation coverage in our nation," said Dr. Katherine Weno, director, CDC Division of Oral Health. "These new statistics show that a substantial number of additional people in the United States are now receiving the decay-prevention benefits of fluoridated water."
At the end of 2012, 210.7 million people, or 74.6 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems, had access to optimally fluoridated water.
Healthy People 2020 baseline statistics from 2008 show that 72.4 percent of U.S. residents had access to fluoridated water. The Healthy People 2020 target is 79.6 percent.
Since 2008, an additional 15 million people have received the benefit of fluoridated water.
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.