Oral health for children


Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable.

Poor oral health can affect children and young people's ability to sleep, eat, speak, play and socialise with other children.

The impacts can be seen educationally with children missing school.  It can affect parents/carers who need to take time off work to take children to the dentist or for a hospital visit.

The facts:

  • dental decay is the top cause of childhood hospital admission for five to nine year olds
  • every year more than 150 children in Lincolnshire have their teeth removed through general anaesthetic
  • in 2017, a quarter of five year olds (24%) in Lincolnshire had experienced tooth decay.  On average three to four teeth are affected
  • children in the most deprived areas are four times more likely to get tooth decay

We are all in a position to help prevent this disease.

Attached are our key messages which are evidence based from Delivering Better Oral Health (PHE 3rd edition). There are some activities that you can do within your setting or at home.


Free resource pack on oral health for children

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