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1 in 9 kids lose teeth to decay.

ONE in nine Welsh children has lost a tooth due to decay by the age of 15.

e shocking nding comes from a survey run by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on Welsh children's dental health.

It found that just one in three children in Wales of all ages have good oral health.

Poor dental hygiene can start at a young age, the survey shows.

Nearly a quarter - 22% - of ve-year-olds in Wales have 'severe or extensive' tooth decay.

Five or more teeth that were obviously deteriorating or any teeth that were past the point where they could be restored to good health were taken as signs of such serious damage.

Another sign was three or more teeth that had decayed so badly that the enamel had begun to wear away, exposing the softer, yellow dentine underneath.

By age 15, some 11% of Welsh children had lost at least one of their adult teeth due to decay.

e survey showed that Welsh children who live in deprived areas seemed to be more at risk of the most serious dental health problems.

Nearly a third of youngsters aged 15 who lived in the most deprived parts of the country had severe tooth decay, a much higher gure than those surveyed from more well-o areas.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 20, 2015
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