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State of Alaska

Complete Health Indicator Report of Water - Fluoridated Drinking Water (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 20)

Definition

The percentage of the Alaska population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water.

Numerator

Number of Alaskans served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water.

Denominator

Number 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.[[br]] [[br]] {{class .SmallerFont # Newbrun E. Effectiveness of water fluoridation. J Public Health Dent 1989;49(5):279-289. # 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: 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%

Other Objectives

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Indicator 20: Increase the percentage of the population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water to 58% by 2020.

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaska subject matter experts met over a period of months in a rigorous review process to identify and prioritize strategies to address the 25 health priorities. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska's unique needs. '''Strategy 1:''' [[br]]Maintain water fluoridation in communities with existing fluoridated community water systems. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]The US Community Preventive Services Task Force list water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay. '''Source:''' [[br]][http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html The Community Guide] '''Strategy 2:''' [[br]]Provide information and resources that will help communities understand the value of water fluoridation in Alaska. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]The Community Preventive Services Task Force notes water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay. '''Source:''' [[br]]The Community Guide: [http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html] '''Strategy 3:''' [[br]]Introduce and implement community water fluoridation in communities that are not currently fluoridating their community water systems. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]The Community Preventive Services Task Force notes water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay. '''Source:''' [[br]][http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html The Community Guide] A listing of strategies, actions, and key partners on this measure can be found at: [http://hss.state.ak.us/ha2020/assets/Actions-Partners_20_Fluoridation.pdf].


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Related Risk Factors Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Percentage of the Alaska population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water, all Alaskans and U.S., 2000-2020

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Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage with optimally fluoridated water
Record Count: 36
All Alaskans200055.2%
All Alaskans2001**
All Alaskans200257.3%
All Alaskans2003**
All Alaskans200457.5%
All Alaskans200557.5%
All Alaskans200663.7%
All Alaskans200759.8%
All Alaskans200860.0%
All Alaskans200958.3%
All Alaskans201054.8%
All Alaskans201144.6%
All Alaskans201244.2%
All Alaskans201345.7%
U.S.200065.0%
U.S.2001**
U.S.200267.4%
U.S.2003**
U.S.200468.7%
U.S.2005**
U.S.200669.2%
U.S.2007**
U.S.200872.4%
U.S.2009**
U.S.201073.9%
U.S.2011**
U.S.201274.6%
U.S.2013**
Healthy Alaskans Goal201358.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201458.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201558.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201658.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201758.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201858.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201958.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202058.0%

Data Notes

** 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.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Oral Health Program
  • National Oral Health Surveillance System

References and Community Resources

'''References:''' 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.

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.
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