Updated on May 15, 2024
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Florida Water Fluoride: Updated Statistics

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Water fluoridation is a widely practiced public health measure aimed at preventing tooth decay. In Florida, a significant portion of the population has access to fluoridated water, with the state demonstrating a commitment to improving oral health through this initiative. This article delves into the current state of water fluoridation in Florida, presenting key statistics and insights.

As of 2018, 77.8% of Florida’s population served by community water systems received fluoridated water, which is above the national average of 73.0%. The state has seen a notable increase in access to fluoridated water over the years, rising from 58.3% in 1992 to the current level.

  • In 2018, 77.8% of Florida’s population served by community water systems received fluoridated water.
  • Florida’s 2018 figure of 77.8% is above the national average of 73.0%.
  • Access to fluoridated water in Florida has increased from 58.3% in 1992 to 77.8% in 2018.
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State Support and Local Decisions

Although Florida does not have a state mandate for fluoridation, the state government provides support and resources to help communities implement and maintain water fluoridation programs.

  • State funds and technical assistance are available through the Public Health Dental Program to help communities gain access to fluoridation.
  • Decisions about community water fluoridation (CWF) are made locally in Florida, with each community’s situation being unique.
  • The state provides resources and information to guide educational campaigns to add fluoridation.

Economic Benefits

Water fluoridation not only benefits oral health but also offers economic advantages to communities.

  • For every dollar spent on water fluoridation, communities save money in dental treatment costs, with savings ranging from $1.10 to $135 for every $1 invested in fluoridation.

National Fluoridation Statistics

While Florida’s fluoridation rates are impressive, it’s essential to consider the national context as well.

  • As of 2018, 63.4% of the total US population and 73.0% of the population on community water systems received fluoridated drinking water.
  • The Healthy People 2030 objective aims for 77.1% of people served by community water systems to receive water with the optimum level of fluoride.

Florida’s commitment to water fluoridation has resulted in a significant portion of the state’s population having access to this essential public health measure. With ongoing support from the state government and local communities, Florida continues to prioritize oral health and the well-being of its residents through the provision of fluoridated water. As the nation works towards the Healthy People 2030 objective, Florida serves as an example of the positive impact that water fluoridation can have on public health.

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Last updated on May 15, 2024
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Last updated on May 15, 2024
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  2. State Fluoride Database: Florida.” Fluoride Action Network, Accessed 2023.
  3. Cost Savings of Community Water Fluoridation.” BMC Oral Health, 2018.
  4. Fluoridation Implementation Checklist.” Florida Department of Health, 2017.
  5. Community Water Fluoridation.” Florida Department of Health, Accessed 2023.
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