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Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the number of young people under 18 years who have (a) a partial and (b) a full set of dentures. [15973]

We do not have this information for children under 16, although some of it may be inferred. Figures for 1988 show that, in the United Kingdom, 100 per cent. of 16 to 19-year-olds had some natural teeth, in England and Wales 20 per cent. of 16 to 24-year-olds had a combination of natural teeth and dentures.