27% of 5 year olds have tooth decay


An alarming statistic for any parent with young children, although a survey suggests that this figure is dwindling.

The analysis, by Public Health England, assessed data from 133,000 dental examinations throughout the UK, covering 21% of 5 year olds.

Levels of decay vary regionally with higher incidence in the north.

This level is down from 30% in 2008 but the British Dental Association there is still a big divide between the best and worst areas. Figures ranged from 21.2% in the South East to 34.8% in the North West.

More localised data revealed that Brighton and Hove had the lowest percentage affected by decay at 12.5%, compared with the highest figure of 53.2% in Leicester.

Has your 5-year-old had a dental health assessment recently?


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