Number of children visiting NHS dentist decreases

dentistAccording to latest reports from the NHS Information Centre, there has been a decline in the number of children going to an NHS dentist and on the other hand there has been a rise in adults making use of this service.

According to the report, in the 24 months to June 2011, the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist was 29.2 million and this meant that there was an increase of about one million people compared to the 24 months to March

Since June 2008 to June 2011, there has been a rise in the number of children visiting an NHS dentist. But if the period of March 2006 to March 2008 is taken then there has been a decrease of 26,000 children visiting a NHS dentist.

Abby Bowman from health insurance firm Simplyhealth says, “Our Annual Dental Survey 2011 released in May reflects the NHS Information Centre findings that more adults are accessing an NHS dentist. It's vital that parents take their children for regular check-ups to ensure good oral health into adulthood.”

According to the guidance, as soon as the first tooth appears, a child must be taken to a dentist but people do not seem to follow this.