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Countries that Fluoridate Their Water

Most developed nations do not fluoridate their water. In western Europe, for example, only 3% of the population consumes fluoridated water.

Countries that Fluoridate Their Water

While 25 countries have water fluoridation programs, 11 of these countries have less than 20% of their population consuming fluoridated water: Argentina (19%), Guatemala (13%), Panama (15%), Papa New Guinea (6%), Peru (2%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), South Korea (6%), the United Kingdom (11%), and Vietnam (4%).

Only 11 countries in the world have more than 50% of their population drinking fluoridated water: Australia (80%), Brunei (95%); Chile (70%), Guyana (62%), Hong Kong (100%), the Irish Republic (73%), Israel (70%), Malaysia (75%), New Zealand (62%), Singapore (100%), and the United States (64%).

In total, 377,655,000 million people worldwide drink artificially fluoridated water. This represents 5% of the world’s population.
There are more people drinking fluoridated water in the United States than the rest of the world combined.
There is no difference in tooth decay between western nations that fluoridate their water and those that do not.

Countries that Fluoridate their Water
(SOURCE: British Fluoridation Society; November 2012)
Country Number of People Drinking Artificially Fluoridated Water % of Population
Argentina 3,100,000 19%
Australia 17,600,000 80%
Brazil 73,200,000 41%
Brunei 375,000 95%
Canada 14,260,000 44%
Chile 11,800,000 70%
Fiji 300,000 36%
Guatemala 1,800,000 13%
Guyana 45,000 62%
Hong Kong 6,968,000 100%
Irish Republic 3,250,000 73%
Israel 5,270,000 70%
Libya 400,000 22%
Malaysia 20,700,000 75.5%
New Zealand 2,330,000 61%
Panama 510,000 15%
Papa New Guinea 102,000 6%
Peru 500,000 2%
Serbia 300,000 3%
Singapore 5,080,000 100%
South Korea 2,820,000 6%
Spain 4,250,000 11%
United Kingdom 5,797,000 11%
United States 194,206,000 64%
Vietnam 3,500,000 4%
Total 369,656,000 5%
Source

: British Fluoridation Society (2012). One in a Million: The facts about water fluoridation. Available online at: http://www.bfsweb.org/onemillion/onemillion2012.html (updated Nov. 2012)

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