Oral health

Tooth decay is preventable, yet it remains the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England and the primary reason for hospital admission in children ages 5-9 years. Poor oral health has an impact on both physical health and wellbeing as it can cause pain, difficulties eating, sleeping, socialising and even smiling.

Adults affect by poor oral health see negative impacts on their confidence, prospects of gaining employment and being promoted at work. Among vulnerable older people, poor oral health limits food options as they experience issues chewing and swallowing food, this leading to nutrition deficiency. Poor oral health is a consistent cause of pneumonia for elderly people. especially those living in care homes & supported living facilities, and for people affected by disabilities.

Although oral health has improved in England, inequalities in oral health still exist. Children in our most deprived communities are the most affected by tooth decay and tooth extractions. Among adults, oral health is often worse in males, older people, socio-economically deprived populations and among some people with disabilities. Local data show that residents from our diverse communities have lower access to NHS dental appointments than white residents.

Below you can find a number of documents identifying the local population needs. Please note this well be updated as and when the new information becomes available.