Children’s Oral Health in the News!

March 11, 2015

The first national survey examining the oral health of three year old children has revealed more than one in 10 have signs of visible tooth decay.

The report, published by Public Health England (PHE), has shown 12 per cent of children examined in their nursery, children's centre or playgroup suffered from tooth decay, with those children having an average of three decayed teeth.

The number of children suffering from tooth decay varied significantly by region, varying from as little as two per cent to more than one in three (34 per cent) across the country.

It was a similar story last year when it was revealed more than one in four (27 per cent) of five year old children suffered from visible tooth decay, a fall from the previous figure of three in ten (31 per cent) in 2008. Once again levels of decay varied regionally from one in five (21.2 per cent) to more than one in three (34.8 per cent).