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

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

Definition

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.

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%

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaskan 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. Below are the strategies identified for enhancing adolescent support systems.

Strategy 1:
Maintain water fluoridation in communities with existing fluoridated community water systems.

Evidence Base:
The US Community Preventive Services Task Force list water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay.

Source:
The Community Guide: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html

Strategy 2:
Provide information and resources that will help communities understand the value of water fluoridation in Alaska.

Evidence Base:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force notes water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay.

Source:
The Community Guide: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html

Strategy 3:
Introduce and implement community water fluoridation in communities that are not currently fluoridating their community water systems.

Evidence Base:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force notes water fluoridation as an evidence-based practice to reduce dental decay.

Source:
The Community Guide: http://www.thecommunity guide.org/oral/fluoridation.html



Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicator Profiles:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicator Profiles:


Related Risk Factors Indicator Profiles:




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 Comparisons Year Percentage with optimally fluoridated water
Record Count: 35
All Alaskans 2000 55.2%
All Alaskans 2001 **
All Alaskans 2002 57.3%
All Alaskans 2003 **
All Alaskans 2004 57.5%
All Alaskans 2005 57.5%
All Alaskans 2006 63.7%
All Alaskans 2007 59.8%
All Alaskans 2008 60.0%
All Alaskans 2009 58.3%
All Alaskans 2010 54.8%
All Alaskans 2011 44.6%
All Alaskans 2012 44.2%
All Alaskans 2013 45.7%
U.S. 2000 65.0%
U.S. 2001 **
U.S. 2002 67.4%
U.S. 2003 **
U.S. 2004 68.7%
U.S. 2005 **
U.S. 2006 69.2%
U.S. 2007 **
U.S. 2008 72.4%
U.S. 2009 **
U.S. 2010 73.9%
U.S. 2011 **
U.S. 2012 74.6%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2013 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2014 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2015 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2016 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2017 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2018 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2019 58.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2020 58.0%

Data Notes

Healthy 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.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Oral Health Program
  • National Oral Health Surveillance System


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.

Page Content Updated On 01/22/2015, Published on 01/22/2015
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Fri, 30 January 2015 22:00:55 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov".

Content updated: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:33:17 AKST