Wednesday, 27 May 2009

NHS dental Survey

The council is reviewing NHS Dental services in the B&NES area. One of the areas the Members are particularly interested in exploring is that of dental services for children, and whether there are any health inequality issues affecting the way in which children can and do access NHS dental services.

An oral health survey carried out in 2006 in this area visited 55 schools and examined 1437 children aged 5-6 yrs old (77% of children). 36.7% of children were found to have decay with an average number of decayed missing or filled teeth of 1.58. This is slightly higher than the England average of 1.49. Dental decay in children is not however spread evenly across the authority. The survey found that there was a high correlation to the most deprived areas, and noted that the ward areas which have particularly high levels of decay (over 40% of children with a dmft of over 2.0) include Lyncombe, Keynsham North, Southdown, Twerton, Bathavon West, Odd Down, Radstock and Peasedown.

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