Children and young people in Hackney are less likely to visit a dentist than in any comparable local authority, London or England (Figure 44). In contrast, children and young people in City of London are more likely.

Figure 44: Number of child patients seen in previous 12 months as a proportion of the 0-17 year old resident population (2015/16)

Children and young people in Hackney are less likely to visit a dentist than in any comparable local authority. Children and young people in City of London are more likely to visit a dentist than in any comparable local authority.
Source: NHS Dental Statistics for England, HSCIC

A lower proportion of Hackney’s children have had a fluoride varnish applicationB than all 10 of Hackney’s statistical peers (Figure 45). In the City of London, this is much higher, at, but still lower than many other areas, including the London and England figures.

Figure 45: Fluoride varnish applications in 0-17 year olds (2015/16)

A lower proportion of Hackney and City of London’s children have had a fluoride varnish application compared to London and England’s figures.
Source: NHS Dental Statistics for England, HSCIC

Survey data from 2014/15 show that tooth decay in five year olds in Hackney is towards the middle of the range of its statistical peers and similar to the London and England averages (Figure 46). Data are not available for the City of London due to small numbers.

Figure 46: Proportion of five-year-olds free of dental decay (2014/15)

In 2014/2015 tooth decay in five year olds in Hackney is towards the middle of the range of its statistical peers.
Source: Public Health England Health Profiles Tool

When tooth extractions are assessed separately (i.e. excluding decayed but not extracted teeth), and for 0-17 year olds not five year olds, both Hackney and the City perform better than all ten of Hackney’s statistical peers, London and England (Figure 47).

(Figure 47): NHS tooth extractions in 0-17 year olds, (2015/16)

In 2015-2016 Hackney and City of London’s 0-17 year olds had less tooth extractions then the London and England figure.
Source: NHS Dental Statistics for England, HSCIC

Tooth extractions undertaken in hospital are more common in Hackney than the London or England averages, particularly among 5-9 year olds (Figure 48). Trend data for inpatient dental extractions over the past three years reveal a relatively static picture across Hackney, London and England. 2 Given the small number of in-hospital extractions, data have not been published for the City of London.

Figure 48: Hospital tooth extractions by age (2013/14)

Tooth extractions undertaken in hospital are more common in Hackney than the London or England averages.
Source: Dental Public Health Intelligence Programme

In conclusion, in relation to dental health, the data suggest that Hackney has relatively fewer teeth extracted for the rate of decay, but a comparatively high proportion of tooth extractions being undertaken in hospital.

 

Notes

  1. Dentists and trained dental nurses can apply a layer of fluoride directly to children’s teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and protect against dental decay – for more information see Section 3.7.
  2. Dentists and trained dental nurses can apply a layer of fluoride directly to children’s teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and protect against dental decay – for more information see Section 3.7.

References

  1. “Dental Public Health Intelligence Programme,” Public Health England.
  2. “Dental Public Health Intelligence Programme,” Public Health England.