Data from 2012/13 to 2014/15 identified that, on average, 42% of children and young people in Hackney (aged under 18) had visited their dentist over this period. In the City of London, the number of dental visits was greater than the number of resident children and young people. Ten per cent of all under-18s in Hackney, and 20% in the City of London, have had a fluoride varnish application. 3

Figure 3 shows the extent of tooth decay in Reception Year pupils in Hackney, comparing national dental survey data (which only cover state-maintained primary schools) and data from the 2015 pilot health check in Charedi schools described earlier in this section. Data are not available for the City of London as the numbers were deemed too small to produce robust results. Half of Hackney’s Charedi Reception age children had evidence of decayed teeth, in comparison to one third of children of the same age attending local state schools. The number of decayed/missing/filled teeth was also much higher in Charedi children than the wider Hackney pupil population (2.2 and 1.2 teeth per child, respectively).

Figure 3: Tooth decay in Reception age children, 2012 (Hackney) and 2015 (Charedi)

Figure 3 shows there are a higher percentage of reception age children with visible dental decay, missing or filled tooth in Charedi schools in comparison to the wider Hackney pupil population.
Sources: National dental epidemiology programme. [24] Public Health England (PHE) Orthodox Jewish dental survey. [25] Confidence intervals not available.
In a survey of Charedi parents undertaken by Public Health England (a sample of 67 people), over three quarters (51) stated that they took their child for ‘regular dental care’ (frequency was not defined), seven answered that they took their child to the dentist only if they were in pain, and nine parents revealed that they had never taken their child to a dentist. 4

References

  1. “NHS Dental Statistics for England,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2014/15
  2. Public Health England, “Dental health and oral health behaviours of five-year-old children in the Orthodox Jewish (OJ) community in North London,” 2015
  3. “NHS Dental Statistics for England,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2014/15
  4. Public Health England, “Dental health and oral health behaviours of five-year-old children in the Orthodox Jewish (OJ) community in North London,” 2015