​Oral health in the under-5s – New PHE resource for health professionals

15 June 2016

Public Health England (PHE) has this week published a new resource for health professionals focusing on the oral health of children under five. The guidance, which is part of its Health Matters resource series for health professionals and local authorities, is targeted at health visitors and others in contact with young children and their families. It provides key facts and figures on child dental health and evidence of effective interventions to prevent tooth decay in this age group.

The BDA has long been vocal in supporting many of the measures highlighted in the guidance, including sugar reduction, increased exposure to fluoride through varnishing and supervised tooth brushing schemes, and regular dental visits. The publication draws on work of the Children's Oral Health Improvement Programme Board, of which the BDA is an active member.

Sugar and children's oral health

Tooth decay is now the number one reason for hospital admissions among young children.

We have called for central government to build on the excellent work being undertaken by many English local authorities and commit to a prevention-focused strategy on oral health and further action on sugar.