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?