Despite being largely preventable, tooth decay remains a significant health problem amongst young children in England. As well as the risks of pain and infection, this can have a wider impact on children’s nutrition and development. Also, more older people are retaining their own teeth and are often heavily restored. The type of dental restorations taken into old age may have an adverse effect on the quality of life of the elderly.
Some people are more likely to have poorer oral health than others.
Our priorities are:
- To improve the oral health of people in County Durham and reduce the number of people with dental disease.
- To reduce the level of tooth decay in young children and vulnerable groups and improve dietary habits and dental hygiene.
- Increase the number of schools following the national school food plan and ensure plain drinking water is available and sugar free snacks.
- Targeted oral health promotion work for vulnerable groups with training sessions delivered to support staff in special schools on oral hygiene and health promotion.
- Increase uptake of the healthy start voucher scheme.
- Expand the tooth brushing scheme to include primary schools / reception.
- Increase number of women breastfeeding and encourage venues to be more breastfeeding friendly as breastfeeding up to 12 months is associated with a decreased risk of tooth decay.
- Ensure plain drinking water in public sector and community venues is the main drink available.
- Continue to implement the labelling of dentures to reduce loss and cost of replacement. This is to include workforce services such as ‘extra care domiciliary providers’ (oral care plans).
- Reduction in tooth extractions due to decay for children admitted as inpatients to hospital, aged 10 years and under.
- Increase the number of early years and primary settings participating in the tooth brushing scheme.
- Increased proportion of 12-year-olds free from dental decay.
- Reduce the number of children with one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth.
- Increase breastfeeding initiation rates and more venues registered as breastfeeding friendly.
Find out more about this subject in the related Objectives, Goals, Initiatives and Metrics (OGIM) document on Durham County Council’s Committee Services website under the Heath and Wellbeing Board meeting agenda item for 24 November 2021.
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