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Dental Health: Children

Health written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of tooth decay in children aged (a) five to 12 years and (b) 12 to 15 years old in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The “NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme for England Oral Health Survey of five-year-old Children 2007/2008 and 12-year-old Children 2008/2009” shows that the average number of decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) among five and 12-year-old children in the area of Peterborough Primary Care Trust was 1.60 and 0.70 respectively compared to a DMFT. of 1.11 and 0.74 respectively for England as a whole.

The full results of the survey are available at:

www.nwph.net/dentalhealth/

The two tables from the survey that include the above data have been placed in the Library.

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