New CDC Statistics Show Increase for U.S. Population Receiving Fluoridated Water
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the latest statistics showing an increase in access to community water fluoridation. The latest data indicates that in 2012, 74.6% of the U.S. population on community water systems, or a total of 210.7 million people, had access to optimally fluoridated water. This is significant progress toward the Healthy People 2020 target of 79.6%, from the baseline of 72.4% (2008). Since 2008, an additional 15 million people have received the benefit of fluoridated water. Evidence demonstrates that the prevalence of tooth decay is substantially lower in communities with water fluoridation.