December 11, 2013 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the latest statistics showing an increase in access to community water fluoridation. The latest data indicates that in 2012, 74.6% of the US population on community water systems, or a total of 210.7 million people, had access to optimally fluoridated water. This is significant progress toward the Healthy People 2020 target of 79.6%, from the baseline of 72.4% (2008). Since 2008, an additional 15 million people have received the benefit of fluoridated water. Evidence demonstrates that the prevalence of tooth decay is substantially lower in communities with water fluoridation.