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Wednesday 26th October 2016

One third of five-year-olds have tooth decay

21st October 2009

A survey has found that one third of children in the UK have teeth which have fillings, are damaged or have been removed completely.

Sue Gregory, Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England, said: "We are pleased to see that most five-year-olds don't suffer the effects of obvious tooth decay, and by the age of twelve our children's teeth are among the healthiest in Europe. We need to sustain and improve on this position. Dental decay is preventable and we need to focus on programmes which will ensure that in future all young children benefit from good oral health."

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