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Children’s dental survey results reveal ‘improving teeth’

20th March 2015

The condition of children's teeth in the UK has improved over the past ten years, with the number of cases of tooth decay and cavities decreasing.

This is according to the latest in a series of studies carried out every decade by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, entitled the 2013 Children's Dental Survey for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following analysis of the teeth of almost 10,000 children, it was found that the number of 12-year-olds with tooth decay dropped from 43 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2013, while for 15-year-olds, there was a reduction from 56 percent to 46 percent.

However, the results showed that 32 percent of children aged five currently have tooth decay, along with 28 percent of ten to 11-year-olds, indicating that dental cavities are still a problem for many young people.

Speaking to the BBC, director of dental public health at Public Health England Dr Sandra White commented: "Tooth decay is a serious, preventable disease and this survey echoes the need to urgently reduce the amount of sugary snacks and drinks in our children's diets."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801780530-ADNFCR

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