Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Dudley children twice as likely to have tooth decay

New figures show that it is much more likely for children in Dudley to have tooth decay.

Data collected by Public Health England (PHE) says that five year-olds in Dudley are 2.5 times more likely to have tooth decay, when compared to those who live in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s constituency in Surrey.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry and Oral Health has called on the Government to address the growing gap between different parts of the UK on children’s dental health.

Austin has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to make sure that dentists have the resources they need and improve public awareness of tackling tooth decay.

Ian Austin MP said:

“We need to make sure that every penny of NHS spending goes where it’s needed most, so it’s important that preventable problems like tooth decay are taken seriously.

“Places like Dudley are falling behind on kids’ dental health, so I want the Government to make sure dentists across the country have the resources they need to tackle this problem.”

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