Decay rates ‘improving’

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 July 2015

Tooth decay for the UK

Tooth decay for the UK

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East Devon has the lowest rate of tooth decay in five-year-olds in the county - thanks to initiatives by dentists and health chiefs.

But Dr Virginia Pearson, Devon’s director of public health, said the figures were still ‘unacceptably high’.

In East Devon, 19 per cent of under fives have tooth decay. North Devon has the highest rate.

In Devon, the number of children admitted to hospital to have teeth removed, as a percentage of the population, is 0.8 per cent - higher than the English average.

But things are improving; a Freedom of Information request to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital revealed that, in 2010/2011, 590 children had teeth removed - rising to 619 in 2013/2014.

But by last year this dropped by 40 per cent to 368.

Dr Pearson said: “A supervised tooth brushing programme will be delivered through nurseries and primary schools in areas where children are at high risk of poor oral health. The scheme will target the most deprived early years setting and aims to reduce dental decay.”

Exmouth dentist Kyle Durman said: “We recently carried out fun, hands-on activities for the pupils at Exeter Road School, to teach about brushing technique and dietary sugars.”


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