Free infographic: Water Fluoridation in the USA
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Water Fluoridation in the United States
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that "water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25 percent over a person's lifetime".
Their 2012 survey of community water systems determined that 210,655,401 people in the USA receive fluoridated water. That's 67% of the total population.
By the State
This map shows the percentage of each state's population that receives fluoridated water.
Kentucky comes in 1st place with 99.9% of residents. Hawaii is last with just 10.8%.
The CDC states that 18,502 individual community water systems across the country monitor fluoride levels.
Cities of all Sizes
This map shows just a handful of fluoridated cities across the nation, both big and small.
Is there fluoride in your tap water?
Use the CDC website to find out.
If your water isn't treated.
According to the CDC ...
31,379,130 people are on their own water system.
71,879,509 are on community systems that aren't fluoridated.
If you're in one of these groups, consult with your dentist.
They can explain to you how to create a proper fluoride exposure, so you can get the benefits it provides too.
Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed December 2013.
Fluoridation population statistics: CDC - 2012 Water Fluoridation Statistics.
Fluoridation city statistics: CDC - My Water's Fluoride.
General statistics: CDC - Fluoridation basics.