Millions More Benefit from Fluoridated Water, According to CDC 2012 Statistics

About six million more U.S. residents now are receiving the benefits of fluoridated water, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the latest water fluoridation statistics from 2012, (posted online at,) 210.7 million people, or 74.6 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems, had access to optimally fluoridated water.

Increasing access to community water fluoridation to 79.6 percent of U.S. residents on community water systems is a goal of the national Healthy People 2020 program ( as well as a goal of the ADA’s Action for Dental Health campaign, an initiative to reduce the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease (

For more details on the benefits of fluoridated water, visit the ADA’s consumer website,, and click on “fluoride” in the A-Z topic list.

Every year, water suppliers nationwide provide consumers with annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports—giving customers the opportunity to check on the status of their community's water—and in particular—its fluoride levels. Reports are issued on or by July 1 each year.

The reports, which detail quality and content of water may be mailed to consumers’ homes (often with the water bill), published in local newspapers or posted online. Water systems are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue these annual reports.

For more information, log on to the EPA website at or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to check on local water system fluoridation status at

Or contact your local water supplier or your local, county or state health department for more information about the fluoride content of your water system’s water.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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