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Tooth Decay Prevalent in Quarter of Kids Below the Age of 5 in England

by Kathy Jones on  September 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM Dental News   - G J E 4
A new study conducted by researchers at Public Health England has found that more than a quarter of five-year-olds in England have signs of tooth decay.
 Tooth Decay Prevalent in Quarter of Kids Below the Age of 5 in England
Tooth Decay Prevalent in Quarter of Kids Below the Age of 5 in England
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The researchers analyzed the results of more than 133,000 dental examinations in the country, which covered around 21 percent of five-year olds. The researchers found that around 27 percent of children showed signs of tooth decay, though the number was down from 30 percent in 2008.

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According to the British Dental Association (BDA), people from deprived areas had greater number of children with tooth decay with the figures ranging from 34.8 percent in the north-west compared to 21.2 percent in south-east. Brighton and Hove had the lowest number, 12.5 percent, of five-year olds with tooth decay compared to 53.2 percent in Leicester.

"This latest survey shows the numbers of five-year-olds free from tooth decay have improved but there is still much to do, dental decay is preventable. Parents should brush their children's teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day", the director of health and well-being at Public Health England, Prof Kevin Fenton said.

Source: Medindia
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