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New report raises concerns over infrequent dental visits among children

27th May 2015

Children in England may not be seeing the dentist often enough to maintain a good standard of oral health, according to a report.

The NHS dental statistics for England third quarterly report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has indicated that the number of children seen by an NHS dentist is 2.4 percent above the March 2006 baseline of 7.8 million.

However, the Royal College of Surgeons of England raised concerns about statistics from the report showing that nearly 40 percent of children are still not visiting a dentist every 12 months, as recommended by official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

This suggests there has been little improvement in the number of children accessing a dentist over the last decade, despite the fact that one-third of five-year-olds currently suffer from tooth decay in England, with some being hospitalised as a result. 

Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said: "Visits to the dentist are important for encouraging good oral health, providing rapid diagnosis and treatment to prevent a child from being hospitalised due to tooth decay."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801788930-ADNFCR

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