MORE THAN HALF of the children living in England, 42%, do not visit a dentist even once a year, despite its being free for under-18s. And Hackney has the lowest figure of the country.
In the area covered by the City and Hackney Clinical Care Group (CCG), 68% of child residents did not see a National Health Service dentist last year 2017. This compares with Norwich, where 89% of youngsters kept at least one NHS dentist appointment in the 12 months.
The figures have been compiled by the Dental Law Partnership, a firm that acts for victims of dental negligence. It used new NHS data to reveal the areas with the highest and lowest attendance rates at their local NHS dentist.
Obviously, some children may attend dentists outside their borough of residence. Yet it is clear that overall people living in the London region are less likely to visit an NHS dentist than anywhere else in England.
Happily, Hackney council is tackling juvenile dental decay. It has just launched Sugar Smart, a campaign to reduce consumption in the borough of teeth-rotting (and heart-harming) sugar.
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* The Dental Law Partnership, which has three dentists on its board of directors and specialises in dental negligence, is based in Elstree, NW London, and Nantwich, Cheshire.
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