Though Wichita voters strongly rejected water fluoridation (again) last year, 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 6 million more Americans had optimally fluoridated water that year than in 2010 and 15 million more than in 2008. The total was 210.7 million people, or 74.6 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems. In Kansas, 63.6 percent of the people on such systems receive fluoridated water, compared with 76.4 percent in Missouri, 72.4 percent in Colorado, 71.2 percent in Nebraska and 70.1 percent in Oklahoma. Because of water fluoridation’s proven ability to reduce tooth decay and loss, the CDC counted it among the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
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