24 Jul 2014

Rates Of Decay Among Under 5’s Fall in East Lancashire

Sample News BigNew figures have revealed that rates of tooth decay among under 5’s have fallen in six boroughs in East Lancashire.
According to statistics from Public Health England, the number of children requiring hospital treatment for dental issues has also decreased.
Improvements are particularly welcomed in Blackburn with Darwen, which was once the worst borough in England in terms of oral health standards. Since 2007/2008, the proportion of under 5’s suffering from decay has fallen by 10 per cent to 41.1 per cent. Although there is still a long way to go, this marks a significant improvement. The number of children requiring extraction in hospital has also decreased from 466 to 438 in the 12 month period leading up to April 2013 in the borough.
Despite the improvements in oral health, experts have stressed that more needs to be done to further reduce rates of decay, as tooth decay is preventable and children have access to free dental care on the NHS.
MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw, has also reiterated his stance on the introduction of fluoridated water, suggesting that he is firmly against mass fluoridation in the UK.
Fluoridated water is viewed by many dentists and public health figures as an effective means of reducing tooth decay. There are success stories in the UK, including Birmingham, where rates of decay have fallen considerably since the introduction of fluoridated water; however, many people are against adding fluoride to the water supplies and any plans to add fluoride to local supplies are likely to be greeted with a mixture of emotions.

1 comment:

rcannard said...

The rates only fall because it suits those who push this poison upon us...Yes there maybe success story's but who's to say it's from adding fluoride, what about the failures we never seem to hear about those, do we...If the (PHE) see fluoridation as some sort of wonder cure for decay then they should be held accountable, something no one seems to want to take on or hold there hands up to, i wonder why...If it's that good then what's the problem