June 2008

Volume 25, Issue 2

Editorial - Do we let children’s teeth decay just because some people object to topping up the natural fluoride that’s already in our water?

Authors: A.J. Rugg-Gunn J.F. Beal M.A. Lennon
doi: 10.1922/CDH_2435Lennon04


Tooth decay rates among children have been falling in most European countries since the mid-1970s, with the gap between the countries with the highest and lowest average levels narrowing. Widespread use of fluoride toothpaste, high levels of educational achievement in the Scandinavian countries, and public health approaches such as the use of fluoridated salt in Switzerland, France and Germany, have all contributed to this welcome improvement. Whilst average tooth decay rates are down, those averages mask stubbornly high decay rates in some communities and in some social groups. Many young children in the UK still suffer from severe dental caries (BASCD, 2007). No one in public health could reasonably argue that dental caries in the UK is a battle already won. It is not. Even if we take the deceptively soothing average dmft scores (decayed, missing or filled teeth), we find a fivefold difference between the best and worst dental health. The average South Staffordshire five year old has 0.6 dmf teeth (the best dental health in England), while the average Blackburn five year old has 3.2 dmf teeth (the worst in England) (BASCD, 2007).


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Editorial - Do we let children’s teeth decay just because some people object to topping up the natural fluoride that’s already in our water? 66-69 Download
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The influence of early counselling on weaning from a bottle 115-118 Download
Prevalence and severity of dental caries in schoolchildren of Porto, Portugal 119-125 Download
Short Communication - Orthodontic treatment need in Nigerian children 126-128 Download


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