Complete Indicator Profile of Water - Fluoridated Drinking Water (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 20)
DefinitionAlaska population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water.
NumeratorNumber of Alaskans served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water
DenominatorNumber of Alaskans served by community water systems
Why Is This Important?Community water fluoridation is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Water fluoridation is safe and effective, and the least expensive way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community, regardless of age, educational attainment, or income level. Studies show that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25 percent over a person's lifetime.[1,2] Untreated dental caries can lead to incapacitating pain, tooth extraction, and loss of dental function, and may progress to an acute systemic infection.
1. Newbrun E. Effectiveness of water fluoridation. J Public Health Dent 1989;49(5):279-289.
2. Brunelle JA, Carlos JP. Recent trends in dental caries in U.S. children and the effect of water fluoridation. J Dent Res 1990;69(Spec Iss):723-727.
Healthy People Objective OH-13:Increase the proportion of the U.S. population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water
U.S. Target: 79.6 percent
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 58%
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Graphical Data Views
Percentage of the Alaska population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water, all Alaskans and U.S., 2000-2020
Data NotesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 58%
** Data Not Available
The 2004 Alaska percentage includes the Anchorage water system, which had an interruption for several months for replacement/repair of fluoridation equipment.
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Page Content Updated On 12/01/2013, Published on 12/01/2013