Poor children ‘have worse teeth’

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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More than a third of 12-year-olds and more than a quarter of 15-year-olds say they have been embarrassed to smile or laugh due to how they felt about the condition of their teeth, research has found.

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also show that just under a third (31%) of five-year-olds and nearly half (46%) of eight-year-olds have decay in their milk teeth.

Its survey of more than 13,500 children and nearly 10,000 dental examinations found that 41% of five-year-olds from more deprived families had tooth decay, compared to 29% from less deprived families. Well over half (59%) of 15-year-olds from more deprived families had tooth decay compared to 43% from more less deprived families.

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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