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Health Services (Stoke-on-Trent)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation has been made of dental health for under-five-year-olds in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England. (80599)

The information available centrally shows that average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth (DMFT) among five-year-olds in the area of South and North Stoke on Trent primary care trust (PCT) is 2.01, compared to 0.97 for West Midlands and 1.49 in England as a whole.

We have also taken note of the fact that Oldbury and Smethwick PCT, which has similar social profile to North Stoke, but receives fluoridated water, has a DMFT of 0.93. Changes we have made in the legislative framework governing fluoridation give communities with high levels of dental decay a real option of having their water fluoridated.