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Third of 12-year-olds have bad teeth

10th November 2010

The national NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme, carried out by Liverpool John Moores University, has found that one third of 12-year-olds have tooth decay.

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The research showed that 33% of 12-year old children had decayed, missing or filled teeth - a decrease from 37% in 2001.

However, the survey showed significant regional differences, with over 50% of children in some regions having decayed teeth.

In Southwark in London, only 13% of children had tooth decay, or missing or filled teeth, while in Knowsley in the North West the rate quadrupled to 56%.

Sue Gregory, Deputy Chief Dental Officer at the Department of Health, said: "We have good evidence on which to base our professional and public approach to tackling these problems."

"Strategies which support eating healthily, tooth brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and following the personal advice offered by dental professionals offer the best chance of securing further improvements in dental heath and a reduction in inequalities."

Lord Howe, Health Minister, said the issue of inequality in children's dental health should be tackled. He added that the NHS White Paper put forward the government's pledge to improve schoolchildren's oral health.

 

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Article Information

Title: Third of 12-year-olds have bad teeth
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16641
Date Added: 10th Nov 2010

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