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Children’s Dental Health Survey

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Aim

This study provides information on the dental health of children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can read the latest report, published in 2015, on the HSCIC's website.

It measures changes in oral health and provides information on children’s experiences of dental care and treatment and their oral hygiene. It has been carried out every ten years since 1973.

Key findings 

  • At age 15 in 2013 the proportions with decay in adult teeth were 44% in England, 63% in Wales and 72% in Northern Ireland.
  • Among five-year-olds from more deprived families, 41% had tooth decay, compared to 29% among other five-year-olds from less deprived families.
  • For 15-year-olds from more deprived families, the proportion with tooth decay was 59%, compared to 43% among 15 year olds from more less deprived families.
  • Nearly two fifths (38%) of children were classed as having good overall oral health.
  • Among 12-year-olds, 69% of boys and 85% of girls reported brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Among 15-year-olds, 73% of boys and 89% of girls said this.
  • Among 12-year-olds, 16% said they have sugary drinks four or more times a day. 

Methodology

  • Over 600 schools and up to 10,000 children took part.
  • A random sample of children aged five, eight, twelve and fifteen received a short dental examination at school, followed up by a postal questionnaire for their parents/guardians.
  • In addition, a self-completion questionnaire was given out to the twelve and fifteen year olds; allowing young people to record their experiences concerning their own dental health.