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Child tooth decay figures drop

Child tooth decay figures drop

Published at 7:04am 14th May 2016.

The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen, according to Public Health England.

Its latest Oral Health Survey shows that 28.5% of children have decayed, missing or filled teeth, which is down from 33.6% at the last survey in 2012 and 38.7% in 2008.

Officials say the improvement highlights the impact of establishing good dental care habits from an early age.

Dr Jenny Godson, national lead for oral health improvement at Public Health England, said: "This is great news. However, one child with tooth decay is one too many.

"While this survey shows things are improving in Yorkshire and the Humber, there is still some way to go and our figure remains above the percentage for England as a whole - there is still much inequality in dental health around the country. Tooth decay is painful and too often results in teeth extraction, some under general anaesthetic.

"This is further evidence that we can stop tooth decay in its tracks. Limiting sugary food and drink, supporting children to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and regular trips to the dentist will help prevent a great many more children suffering at the hands of tooth decay."

You can get tips on how to prevent child tooth decay at www.dentalhealth.org