Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable.

The oral health survey of 5 year olds in 2019 showed that just under a quarter have tooth decay and each child with tooth decay has on average 3 to 4 teeth affected.

Significant regional inequalities exist with children from the most deprived areas having more than twice the level of decay, than those from the least deprived.

Almost 9 out of 10 hospital tooth extractions among children aged 0 to 5 years are due to preventable tooth decay and tooth extraction is still the most common hospital procedure in 6 to 10 year olds, according to data up to 2019.