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Oral health refers to the condition of gums, teeth, surrounding bone and soft tissues of the mouth, enabling function and being free of disease and pain. Prevention of dental disease and oral health rehabilitation are essential to secure the health of our population.

County Durham experiences statistically worse levels of oral health than England for:

  • The proportion of five year old children free from dental decay (64.9%)
  • The proportion of twelve year olds free from dental decay (57.9%)
  • Decayed, missing or filled teeth in twelve year olds (1.0)

Factsheet: Oral Health (PDF, 1Mb)

Key messages

  • 5 year olds in County Durham experience higher levels of decayed, missing (due to decay) or filled teeth than the regional and national averages.
  • Prevalence of decay in 5 year olds is higher in the more deprived areas within the county, but the difference between the most and least deprived is not statistically significant.

Links to data

Public Health Profiles (Full Site):

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