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New report highlights dental health gap between north and south of England

2nd November 2017

Notable discrepancies in dental health standards currently exist between the north and south of England, according to new research.

A report from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation has indicated that children in the Blackburn with Darwen local authority area were four times more likely to have missing, decayed or filled teeth than children in South Gloucestershire in 2015.

Numerous data sources analysed for this report showed that dental health is generally better in the south and east of England and poorer in the north of England, while people's economic backgrounds are also playing a part.

Notably, people from the most deprived backgrounds were twice as likely to be hospitalised for dental work than their better-off counterparts in 2015, while 83 percent of five-year-olds in the least deprived areas of the country had healthy teeth, compared to only 70 percent in the poorest areas.

Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, said: "It is shocking that your income or where you live can still determine your dental health, how likely you are to be hospitalised with dental problems and how easily you can access the dental treatment you need."

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