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Dental Health: Children

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of children under the age of five with tooth decay in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England. (133320)

This information is not available centrally, but data from a survey conducted in 2005-06 by the British Association for Study of Community Dentistry of children who were five years old are as follows.

Five-year-old children with tooth decay

Total number

Percentage

Shropshire

891

31.0

West Midlands

15,866

26.9

England

170,032

33.3