Children in the east not seeing dentist

NEARLY 30per cent of children in the East of England have not visited an NHS dentist in the last two years, it emerged today.

NEARLY 30per cent of children in the East of England have not visited an NHS dentist in the last two years, it emerged today.

A new report shows that in the two years leading up to June 71.9pc of under 18s and 53.2pc of adults saw an NHS dentist in the East of England Strategic Health Authority area, which covers Suffolk.

Nationally NHS dentists saw 50.5pc of all adults during the same period, which covered the launch of the new commissioning and contractual arrangements for NHS dentistry in April 2006.

The highest proportion of adults seen (59.5pc) was in the North East SHA area and the lowest proportion (40.0pc) in the South Central SHA area.

The highest proportion of children seen (73.9pc) was also in the North East SHA, while London SHA saw the lowest proportion (65.5pc).