Wales

Dental health

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • The number of decayed, missing or filled teeth in the mouths of five year-olds varies across Wales, from an average of 4 in Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil to an average of 1½ in Conwy.
  • 5-year-olds in all parts of the Valleys have, on average, more decayed, missing or filled teeth than children in other parts of Wales.
  • The average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth in the mouths of five year-olds across Wales as a whole is just under 2½.  This compares unfavourably with all the English regions as well as Scotland.  In the best of these regions – the West Midlands – five year-olds on average have just one decayed, missing or filled tooth.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows how the average number of missing, decayed or filled teeth for 5-year-olds varies by local authority.

The second graph shows how the average number of missing, decayed or filled teeth for 5-year-olds in Wales compares with the rest of Great Britain.

The data source for both graphs is a large 2005/06 survey conducted by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The data is based on a very large survey.