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National Oral Health Surveillance System

Fluoridation Growth

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Fluoridation Growth, by Population, United States 1940–2006

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Year Receiving Fluoridated Water Served by Community Water Systems

Total U.S. Population

Percentage of U.S. population receiving fluoridated water* Percentage of population served by community water systems receiving fluoridated water
  Natural Adjusted Total        
2006     184,028,0381 265,794,2521 299,398,4842 61.5 69.21
2004     180,632,4811 262,690,0431 293,638,1582 61.5 68.81
2002     172,209,7351 255,434,2891 288,125,9732 59.0 67.31
2000     161,924,0801 249,671,2491 282,216,9522 57.4 65.81
1992 10,011,8613 134,657,1323 144,217,4763 232,438,0003 256,894,0004 56.1 62.03
1990         250,132,0004    
1989     135,256,7575 220,179,0005 247,342,0004 54.7 61.45
1988     132,422,0646 218,924,0006 245,021,0004 54.0 60.56
1985

9,005,2627

121,425,5727

130,172,3347 211,730,8737 238,466,0004 54.6 61.57
1980     115,948,9468   227,726,0004 50.9  
1975

10,711,0499

94,627,2949

105,338,3439   215,973,0004 48.8  
1970         205,052,0004    
1969 8,378,82410 80,096,86010 88,475,68410   202,677,0004 43.7  
1967 10,009,00011 71,916,70011 81,925,70011   198,712,0004 41.2  
1965 9,775,10012 59,855,00012 69,630,10012 152,192,00012 194,303,0004 35.8 45.8
1964 7,706,00013 48,363,06612 56,069,10013 150,277,00013 191,889,0004 29.2 37.3
1963   46,678,38012     189,242,0004 24.7  
1962   44,045,39212     186,538,0004 23.6  
1961   42,201,11512     183,691,0004 23.0  
1960   41,179,69412     180,671,0004 22.8  
1959   39,628,37712     177,830,0004 22.3  
1958   38,461,58912     174,882,0004 22.0  
1957   36,215,20812     171,984,0004 21.1  
1956   33,905,47412     168,903,0004 20.1  
1955   26,278,82012     165,931,0004 15.8  
1954   22,336,88412     163,026,0004 13.7  
1953   17,666,33912     160,184,0004 11.0  
1952   13,875,00512     157,553,0004 8.8  
1951   5,079,32112     154,878,0004 3.3  
1950   1,578,57812     152,271,0004    
1949   1,062,77912     149,188,0004    
1948   581,68312     146,631,0004    
1947   458,74812     144,126,0004    
1946   332,46712     141,389,0004    
1945   231,92012     139,928,0004    
1940         132,122,0004    

Data Sources

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Populations Receiving Optimally Fluoridated Public Drinking Water — United States, 1992–2006. MMWR 2008;57(no.27):737–741. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online from: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5727a1.htm].

2. U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Population Estimates, Estimated Components of Population Change and Rates of the Components of Population change for the United States and States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006. Accessed on April 18, 2007. [Available online from: http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php].

3. Fluoridation Census 1992. Division of Oral Health, National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. September 1993. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1992.pdf (PDF–43Mb)].

4. Table HS-1. Population 1900 to 2002. U.S. Census Bureau. URL: http://www.census.gov/statab/hist/HS-01.pdf (PDF–81K). Accessed July 14, 2005. [MS Excel version: http://www.census.gov/statab/hist/02HS0001.xls (XLS-73K).

5. Fluoridation Census Summary, 1989. Dental Disease Prevention Activity, National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. July 1991. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1989.pdf (PDF–8Mb)].

6. Fluoridation Census Summary, 1988. Dental Disease Prevention Activity, Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. February 1990. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1988.pdf (PDF–866K)].

7. Fluoridation Census, 1985. Dental Disease Prevention Activity, Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Government Printing Office Publication #1988-535-439. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1985.pdf (PDF–42Mb)].

8. Fluoridation Census, 1980. Dental Disease Prevention Activity, Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Government Printing Office Publication #1984-751-641, Region No. 4.

9. Fluoridation Census, 1975. Dental Disease Prevention Activity, Bureau of State Services, Center for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. U.S. Government Printing Office Publication #1977-740-116/3782, Region No. 4. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1975.pdf (PDF–7Mb)].

10. Fluoridation Census, 1969. Division of Dental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Natural Fluoride Content of Community Water Supplies, Division of Dental Health, NOH, DHEW. U.S. Government Printing Office Publication #1970-0-380-791. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1969.pdf (PDF–5Mb)].

11. Fluoridation Census, 1967. Division of Dental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. U.S. Government Printing Office Publication #1968-0-310-023. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1967.pdf (PDF–2.7Mb)].

12. Fluoridation Census, 1965. Division of Dental Public Health and Resources, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Accessed on October 29, 2008. [Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/pdf/statistics/1965.pdf (PDF–1.5Mb)].

13. Annual Fluoridation Census Report: National, State and Community Experience 1963. Division of Dental Public Health and Resources, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW).

Note: Fluoridation Censuses originally published only as paper documents, including several referenced above, are available online in PDF format at http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/reference_stats.htm. Archived paper copies were available for most, but not all, Fluoridation Censuses. The available copies were scanned and converted to PDFs.

* Estimates for percentage of U.S. population receiving fluoridated water were calculated differently for years before 1964, and since 1964. For years prior to 1964, the percentage was calculated by dividing the population receiving fluoridated water from systems adding fluoride (adjusted) by the total U.S. population. Since 1964, the percentage was calculated by dividing the population receiving fluoridated water from both adjusted and naturally fluoridated water systems by the total U.S. population.

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