Wales: children’s tooth decay is in sustained retreat

07 September 2018

Tooth decay in 11- and 12-year-olds in Wales is in steady decline, a new survey says. 


The percentage of children suffering obvious tooth decay fell from 45% in 2004-05 to 30% in 2016-17, according to a report from the Welsh Oral Health Unit at Cardiff University, published jointly with Public Health Wales.

Based on a survey of 5700 11- to 12-year-olds, the latest in a four-year cycle of surveys of the age group, it shows a significant reduction from the 1998-99 figure of 63%.

Nigel Monaghan of Public Health Wales said the findings suggest ‘that the combined effect of national and individual actions to reduce sugar intake, and efforts to get teeth into contact with fluoride are working.

‘I am hopeful that in four years’ time the new tax on sugary drinks, plus any longer-term impacts of the Designed to Smile programme, will leave us with an even larger population of children free from decay in their adult teeth.’

Tooth decay fell from 45% to 30% in 2016-17 according to a report from Cardiff University

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