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Posted on 15 July 2021

The National Dental Survey of 5-year olds 2021/2022, organised by Public Health England (PHE) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is taking place from September. The survey gathers information on levels of tooth decay and supports the planning of local NHS dental services and the targeting of oral health improvement programmes. This year’s survey is particularly important in understanding impacts of the pandemic.

Nationally around 1 in 4 children have tooth decay. This is higher in more socially deprived communities. Tooth decay can cause pain and distress and can disrupt education.

Selected schools will be contacted by the local NHS community dental service with all the information needed and to arrange a visit. We are asking selected schools to support the survey and encourage parents to participate if their child is selected. Not having selected schools and children taking part reduces the accuracy of the data.

To support this, PHE have produced a video for schools and parents about the survey.

Additional information about the survey can be found on the GOV.UK website

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