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East Lancashire children more likely to visit dentist
10:22am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THREE out of four children in East Lancashire saw an NHS dentist in the last two years, a proportion that has remained relatively stable since 2006.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) released the statistics, which show that 75 per cent of children were seen by an NHS dentist.
And these latest figures show East Lancashire is slightly higher on the uptake when it comes to children going to the dentist than elsewhere in the country.
Over the 24-month period to June this year, a total of 7.8 million children in England saw an NHS dentist – around 69 per cent of the child population.
HSCIC chairman Kingsley Manning said: “Our figures show that despite an increase in the number of children visiting an NHS dentist, the actual percentage of our child population paying a visit to the dentist’s chair has remained stable in recent years.
“The apparent lack of change will be of interest to not only policy makers and professionals but also to parents and patients.
“Data such as these are important to help understand service provision and public behaviours.”
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