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State of Alaska

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

Community water fluoridation is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as 1 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 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. }}

Notes

** Data not available. Alaska data do not include populations from communities that technically indicate they are fluoridating but are well below optimal either for being down too much during a given year or consistently low readings for more than 3 months in the year. Upon formal notification that a community made a decision to no longer fluoridate (e.g., Juneau, Hoonah, Craig, Palmer, Fairbanks, McGrath in the past), they are dropped as fluoridating systems in the Water Fluoridation Reporting System and CDC would not include those populations in their reported percentages. U.S. data from the Water Fluoridation Reporting System are using populations on systems that are fluoridating and "should be optimal" - that way it is showing general trends but not necessarily adjusting state by state when a system has been down for portions of the year due to repairs or other factors.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Oral Health Program
  • National Oral Health Surveillance System

Definition

The percentage of the Alaska population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water as compiled by the [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/oralhealth/default.aspx Alaska Oral Health Program].

Numerator

Number of Alaskans served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water as compiled by the [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/oralhealth/default.aspx Alaska Oral Health Program].

Denominator

Number of Alaskans served by community water systems as compiled by the [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/oralhealth/default.aspx Alaska Oral Health Program].

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.

How Are We Doing?

In 2016, 49.6% of Alaskans on community water systems had access to what should be optimally fluoridated water (i.e., regulations were in place and only technical difficulties prevented compliance). However, due either to repairs lasting longer than 3 months or consistently lower readings, only 5.3% of Alaskans on community water systems were actually accessing optimally fluoridated water. Both potential and actual levels of fluoridation were down in 2016 from levels in 2005 (67.1% and 57.5%, respectively). The Healthy Alaskans 2020 goal of 58% of Alaskans on community water systems receiving optimally fluoridated water was not been met in 2016 as only 5.3% of Alaskans on community water systems received optimal fluoridation.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2014, the most recent data available for the U.S., 74.4% of U.S. population with community water systems should have optimally fluoridated water. In comparison in 2014, only 49.3% of Alaskans in communities with community water systems should have optimally fluoridated water.

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].
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Content updated: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:03:35 AKDT
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Content updated: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:03:35 AKDT