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OH-13 Increase the proportion of the U.S. population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water

About the Data: National

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Water Fluoridation Reporting System
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
72.4 (2008)
Target: 
79.6
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons receiving optimally fluoridated water from public water systems

Denominator: 

Number of persons served by public water systems

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes: 

    CDC produces a biennial report in collaboration with state oral health and drinking water programs. Details of the calculation of fluoridation statistics are available from CDC. Public Health Service Recommendations for the recommended concentration of fluoride in drinking water have been recently updated in 2015 from a range of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L based on ambient average temperature to a uniform 0.7 mg/L. However, water fluoridation is a state activity, and water systems apply the definition of optimal concentration determined by the state in which they operate.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
Water Fluoridation Reporting System
Measure: 
percent
Numerator: 

Number of persons receiving optimally fluoridated water from public water systems

Denominator: 

Number of persons served by public water systems

Methodology Notes: 

      CDC produces a biennial report in collaboration with state oral health and drinking water programs. Details of the calculation of fluoridation statistics are available from CDC. Public Health Service Recommendations for the recommended concentration of fluoride in drinking water have been recently updated in 2015 from a range of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L based on ambient average temperature to a uniform 0.7 mg/L. However, water fluoridation is a state activity, and water systems apply the definition of optimal concentration determined by the state in which they operate.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Calculating Fluoridation Statistics.
  2. Engineering and administrative recommendations for water fluoridation, 1995. MMWR 1995;44(RR–13):1–40.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Panel on Community Water Fluoridation. U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries. Public Health Reports 2015;130(4):318-331.
  4. Water Fluoridation Statistics.