More health warnings on food are needed to reduce tooth decay, says BMABMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2177 (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2177
- Jacqui Thornton
Almost a quarter of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay, and those from deprived backgrounds are the worst affected, a survey has found, prompting new calls for health warnings on food packaging.
Almost half of the 539 children examined from eastern European backgrounds had obvious caries, compared with around a fifth of those described as white or as black/black British.
Public Health England’s oral health survey 2017 involved clinical examinations of over 96 000 children aged 5 to determine the prevalence and severity of tooth decay.1 At that age children normally have 20 primary teeth.
Among the 23.3% of children with some experience of obvious decay the average number of teeth that were decayed, missing, or filled was 3.4. The corresponding average in the whole sample, including …