Just two-thirds of children visited the dentist last year

Posted 12th September 2018

We were shocked to see the latest figures from NHS England showing that only 2/3 of children in South Warwickshire have seen a dentist in the past year. 

 
Of particular concern are the small numbers of one and two year olds visiting the dentist and the drop off after the age of 13.
 
  • Only 25% of one year olds visited the dentist

  • Less than half of two year olds saw a dentist in 2016-17

  • The age at which the highest percentage of local children had seen a dentist was 13 - with 87% having seen a dentist in 2016-17

  • Sadly this quickly drops away and only 2/3 of 17 year olds booked in in the last year.

 
We advise that parents book their child in as soon as their first tooth comes through.  This means that children are used to seeing a dentist from an early age, and become familiar with routine check-ups.
 
Even once a young adult has all of their teeth, the need for regular check-ups doesn’t go away.  We can advise on how frequently patients should attend.
 
We always try to make a visit to Pennington Dental fun and relaxing. We have regular Kids Days where Pennington Bear and SpongeBlob Faces help to make it really enjoyable.
 
 
NHS spaces are available at both our Kenilworth and Stratford-upon-Avon practices so there is no cost to worry about either.  Anyone aged under 18, or under 19 and in qualifying full-time education can access free dental treatment.
 
If you or your children need a check-up please get in touch