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Tooth decay statistics fall among English youngsters

23rd September 2013

The number of young people in England affected by tooth decay has fallen, according to the latest findings from Public Health England.

Data from the official government report revealed that overall tooth decay rates in five-year-olds have fallen from 30.9 percent to 27.9 percent since 2008, while the proportion of children with untreated decay has dropped from 27.5 percent to 24.5 percent.

The number of children with sepsis in their mouths has also declined in the last few years, with the report showing that children with decay have between three and four teeth on average that are affected.

Although the figures demonstrate an overall improvement, the government believes they are still too high, while concerns were also raised over the fact that decay levels tend to be higher in poorer areas.

Health minister Lord Howe said: "We know more work is needed to make sure good oral health is more consistent right across the country. Every child should have the opportunity to grow up with a healthy smile."

The British Dental Association said the government must be prepared to provide dentists with the cooperation and funding they require to dispel these inequalities in oral health standards.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801640926-ADNFCR

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