Nearly a third of five-year-olds in England has tooth decay, study shows

The figures showed that children in north-west England were most likely to have experienced decay of the dentin layer.

Nearly one-in-three youngsters aged five in England has tooth decay, figures show.

Data from the National Dental Epidemiology Programme for 2021 to 2022 shows that 29.3% of children aged five have enamel decay or more serious decay to the layer of dentin under the enamel.

Regionally, this figure ranged from 23.3% in the South West to 38.7% in the North West.

Of the one in three children with any decay, 23.7% had the more serious dentinal decay.

This was similar to the finding of the previous 2019 survey when 23.4% had dentinal decay.

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