Dental Poverty & Supporting Children in Need

Supporting BBC Children in Need

Helping to transform children’s lives

Since the first BBC Children in Need appeal in 1980, the charity has raised over £1 billion —money which being used to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK. We’ll be doing our bit to fundraise and donating what we can, because as dentists we know that socio-economic factors such as occupation, education, income and where someone lives can lead to significant inequalities in oral health.


Studies have shown that children living in areas with higher levels of deprivation tend to have higher rates of tooth decay. Five-year-olds in the north of England have one more tooth missing or decayed than children in the south (excluding London), or the midlands.


Did you know?

According to a recent report, tooth decay is the main reason for hospital admission for children aged five to nine years old. More than 25,000 children had a tooth removed under general anaesthetic in the 12 months to June 2019.


We know that tooth decay is almost completely preventable by brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cutting the amount of sugar that children eat. It’s also important to have regular check-ups so that a dentist can monitor a child’s oral health and ensure any problems are identified and resolved at an early stage. NHS Digital data showed that nearly one in three (31.8%) five to nine-year olds hadn’t visited an NHS dentist in that year despite NHS dental treatment being free for everyone under the age of 18.


To mark BBC Children in Need appeal we will be giving out children’s packs which include a toothbrush and toothpaste. The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show will be on BBC One at 7pm tonight (Friday 13 November). You can find out more about the charity here

If your child hasn’t seen a dentist in a while, you can find out how they can by getting in touch, simply email, or call 0117 986 2992.

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