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England: significant disparities in oral health of children

Survey: Main findings of year 6 oral health survey, Office for Health Improvement & Disparities

What are the main findings?

> 16% of year 6 school children have experience of tooth decay.

> In the most deprived areas, 23% of school children have experienced tooth decay, compared to just 10% in the least deprived.

> Tooth decay was significantly higher in Asian or Asian British (18%) and ‘other’ (22%) ethnic groups than in White (16%) and Black or Black British (13%) ethnic groups.

> Pupils living in Yorkshire and The Humber were more likely to have experienced tooth decay (23%) compared with children living in the South West (12%).


RCPCH Officer for Health Improvement Dr Helen Stewart said: ‘We can start by implementing supervised tooth brushing schemes… and ensure all children are seen by a dentist by the age of one … But if we are ever to make real sustainable change, then we must get serious about ending child poverty once and for all.’

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