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Government ‘must do more to address children’s oral health’

15th November 2010

The government has been called upon to take action in order to continue the recent trend towards improvements in children's oral health in the UK.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), has welcomed recent figures from the NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme showing that the percentage of 12-year-olds suffering tooth decay has fallen between 2001 and 2009.

However, he raised concern over statistics suggesting regional inequalities in the quality of oral health nationwide, with the proportion of those affected by decay rising in the north compared to the south.

Dr Carter emphasised the need for awareness initiatives to address this discrepancy, highlighting examples such as the British Dental Association's "Kick out the sweets, bring on the healthy treats" campaign.

He said: "The UK in general has developed a worryingly unhealthy food environment, where sweets and sugary foods and drinks have become the norm."

The BDHF chief also stated that measures outlined in the recent NHS white paper to improve care quality and dentistry access will be beneficial to oral health initiatives.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800236126-ADNFCR

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