Updated on May 16, 2024
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Iowa Water Fluoride: Updated Statistics

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Water fluoridation is a crucial public health measure that helps prevent tooth decay and promote oral health. In Iowa, a significant portion of the population has access to fluoridated water, thanks to the state’s commitment to this practice. This article will delve into the current state of water fluoridation in Iowa, highlighting key statistics and trends.

Here are some notable statistics about water fluoridation in Iowa:

  • In 2020, 89.8% of Iowa’s population served by community water systems had access to fluoridated water.
  • Iowa’s 2020 fluoridation coverage of 89.8% is significantly higher than the national average of 72.7%.
  • In 2020, Iowa had 191 public water systems with fluoride, serving a large portion of the state’s population.

Access to Fluoridated Water in Iowa

Iowa has consistently maintained a high percentage of its population with access to fluoridated water. In 2020, 89.8% of Iowa’s population served by community water systems had access to this important public health measure.

  • There has been a slight decrease in the percentage of the population with access to fluoridated water in Iowa, from 90.3% in 2018 to 89.8% in 2020.

Iowa’s Fluoridation Coverage Compared to National Averages

Iowa stands out when it comes to water fluoridation coverage, consistently ranking above national averages.

  • Nationally, 72.7% of the U.S. population on community water systems received fluoridated water in 2020.
  • Iowa’s 2020 figure of 89.8% is significantly above the national average, placing it among the states with higher fluoridation coverage.
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Legislation and Public Health Support in Iowa

Iowa has demonstrated strong support for community water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and fair way to achieve optimal oral health for its residents.

  • New fluoridation laws have been passed to ensure communities inform their citizens before making any changes to water fluoridation practices.
  • The CDC has recognized community water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century, recommending it for the prevention and control of tooth decay.

These statistics and legislative efforts highlight Iowa’s dedication to maintaining and strengthening water fluoridation programs to promote the oral health of its citizens. By ensuring widespread access to fluoridated water, Iowa is taking proactive steps to prevent tooth decay and improve the overall well-being of its population. As the state continues to prioritize this important public health measure, it sets an example for other states to follow in the fight against oral health disparities.

Last updated on May 16, 2024
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Last updated on May 16, 2024
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  2. 2018 Water Fluoridation Statistics.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018.
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  5. Iowa 2020 Fluoridation Status Report.” Fluoride Action Network, 2020.
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