Dental Health: Children

Health written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the trends in the incidence of dental caries among school children (a) in Bolton and (b) nationally since 2010.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There has been only one published survey of dental caries among schoolchildren which includes the Bolton area since 2010. This is the ‘National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England: oral health survey of five-year-old children 2012, A report on the prevalence and severity of dental decay’. This can be found at the following link:

www.nwph.net/dentalhealth/survey-results5.aspx?id=1

A comparison of selected findings from the survey, and from the previous survey of five-year-old children in England, published in 2009, the ‘NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme for England, Oral Health Survey of 5 year old Children, 2007/2008’ can be found at the following link:

www.nwph.info/dentalhealth/survey-results.aspx?id=1

The comparisons are supplied in the following table:

  2008 2012
Bolton local authority area    
Number of children examined 298 262
Mean number decayed, missing or filled teeth (dmft) 1.91 1.85
Proportion of children with lifetimes caries experience (% dmft>0) 46.3 43.4
     
National (England)    
Number of children examined 139,727 133,516
Mean number decayed, missing or filled teeth (dmft) 1.11 0.94
Proportion of children with lifetimes caries experience (% dmft>0) 30.9 27.9

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