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Proportion of children with tooth decay falls in Wales

10th July 2017

The proportion of children with tooth decay in Wales has dropped over the last few years, according to the latest official data.

A new report from Public Health Wales has revealed that the proportion of children with decay in Wales fell from 47.6 percent in 2007-08 to 34.2 percent in 2015-16, with a 38 percent drop in the number of children affected by decayed, missing and filled teeth.

Improvements were particularly notable among children in deprived communities, who saw the largest reduction in decay prevalence.

This has been attributed in part to a successful national programme in Wales called Designed to Smile, which has offered targeted support, supervised brushing in schools and nurseries, and oral health education and promotion since 2009.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed these figures, while calling on the government of England and other parts of the UK to do more to emulate Wales' success in this regard.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: "Tooth decay is the leading reason for hospital admissions among children in all parts of Britain. While ministers in Whitehall are shrugging their shoulders, their opposite numbers in Cardiff Bay are showing just what's possible."

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