Dental health

Adults' dental health

Key findings for Lancashire-14

  • Lancashire-12 (52.4%), Blackburn with Darwen (55.6%) and Blackpool (57.9%) have a higher percentage of adults attending a dentist in the previous 24 months when compared to England (51.2%) (Jun 2016).
  • Out of the eight Lancashire-14 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Greater Preston, NHS Lancashire North and NHS West Lancashire have a lower percentage of adults attending a dentist in the previous 24 months compared to England (2015-16).
  • In relation to courses of treatment (per 100,000 of the population) the rate for Lancashire-14 (83,406) is higher than England (72,419). For CCGs, only NHS Lancashire North and NHS Greater Preston have a lower rate than England (2015-16).

Children's dental health

Decayed, missing and filled teeth of five-year-old children

The summarised results on this page are from the third National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England, oral health survey of five-year-old children, 2015.[i] Estimates at national, regional, and upper and lower-tier local authority level are given for decay prevalence and severity.

The findings are based on results of standardised dental examinations of five-year-old children who attended mainstream, state-funded schools across Lancashire during the 2014/15 academic year and whose parents gave consent for participation in this survey.

[i] These survey data were collected during the 2014-15 school year but are referred to here as 2015.

Key findings from oral health survey of five-year-old children

  • Overall, 68% of five-year-old children in the Lancashire-12 area, whose parents gave consent for participation in this survey, had no experience of obvious dental decay, compared with 66.6% in North West and 75.2% in England.
  • 44% of five-year-old children in Blackburn with Darwen and 58% of five-year-old children in Blackpool had no experience of obvious dental decay.
  • Across the Lancashire-12 area, the proportion of five-year-olds free from visually obvious dental decay ranged from 56.5% in Hyndburn and Preston to 83.7% in Chorley.
  • 32% of Lancashire-12 area's five-year-olds had experience of dental decay with one or more teeth that were decayed to dentinal level, extracted or filled because of caries; this was significantly higher than the England average of 24.7%.
  • 56% of Blackburn with Darwen's and 42% of Blackpool's five-year-olds had experience of dental decay with one or more teeth that were decayed to dentinal level, extracted or filled because of caries.
  • Across the Lancashire-12 area, the proportion of five-year-olds experiencing dental decay (with one or more teeth that were decayed to dentinal level, extracted or filled because of caries) ranged from 15.6% in Chorley to 43.5% in Hyndburn and Preston.
  • In the Lancashire-12 area, the average number of teeth affected by decay per child was 1.2; compared with 1.3 in North West and 0.8 in England (within Lancashire-12 area it ranged from 0.4 in Chorley to 1.8 in Burnley and Preston).
  • In Blackburn with Darwen, the average number of teeth affected by decay per child was 2.4 and in Blackpool 1.8.
  • Lancashire-14 area was significantly below England average for the proportion of decayed teeth that were filled.

Decayed, missing and filled teeth in twelve-year-olds

In four of the local authorities in Lancashire-14 (Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Preston and South Ribble) the average number of twelve-year-olds with dental decay is significantly higher than the England average. The average number of twelve-year-olds with dental decay is highest in South Ribble and lowest in Ribble Valley.

Further analysis and data

Adult dental statistics 2015-16 (XLSX 16 KB)

Dental health of five year old children_L14 (PDF 1.1 MB)

Dental health of five year old children_L-14_data 2015 (XLSX 187 KB)

Page updated July 2017

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