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Patterns of care and service use amongst children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2013

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard HolmesORCiD, Lucy Devapal



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Nature Publishing Group, 2016.

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Background: The 2013 Children’s Dental Health survey is the fifth in a series of national surveys. Aims: This paper describes children’s reported use of dental services, their experience of receiving dental treatment and parental satisfaction with services. Methodology: A representative sample of children (aged 5, 8 12 and 15 years) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were invited to participate in dental examinations. Older children and all parents were invited to complete a questionnaire about oral health behaviours and attitudes. Results: Over 80% of 12 and 15 year olds reported attending for a check-up. According to parents, 9 in 10 children of all ages had visited a dentist in the last year and 9 in 10 parents reported they were satisfied with the last dental practice their child had visited. There was some variation by country with respect to children’s experiences of fillings and extractions.Conclusions: There has been little change in the reported attendance patterns of children since the 2003 Survey. Family deprivation (measured by children’s eligibility for free school meals) negatively influenced dental attendance for regular check-ups, attendance within the last 12 months and the likelihood of having experienced difficulties accessing NHS dental services for children.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Holmes RD, Porter J, Devapal L, White DA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2016

Volume: 221

Issue: 8

Pages: 509-514

Online publication date: 21/10/2016

Acceptance date: 18/05/2016

Date deposited: 23/05/2016

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.781


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