Children's Dentistry

Survey Results

Following a paper published in the British Dental Journal in 2008 we decided to look at the decay experience of a cohort of children who first registered with the practice in 2005 and see how the decay experience compared with the published study.
We have used the same criteria but this is not a like for like study and is only intended to give an idea of the trend.
The published study was undertaken in the North West of England and involved 739 patients aged between 3 and 6 years of age over a two year period.  We have looked at 63 patients aged between 2 and 16 years of age over a five year period.
The published BDJ survey looked at levels of repeat decay and at levels of new decay on children who previously had no decay. We felt this would be an interesting area to look  at and give an indication of the effectiveness of our preventative approach.

Results

 

  at start    % of children at start % with new decay after 2 years % with new decay after 5 years
North West             with decay  11  72  no data
Golding House                        with decay  34  14  27
North West    without decay  89  27 no data
Golding House                           without decay  66  3  12



In the North West survey 80 children out of 739 (11%) had decay at the beginning of the survey compared with 22 children out of 63 (34%) in the Golding House survey.
After 2 years, 72% of the children who presented with decay in the North West survey had new decay detected compared to 14% in the Golding House survey.

Of the children who presented with no decay in the North West survey 27% developed decay in the following two years compared with 2% in the Golding House survey.

In the Golding House survey of 63 children after 5 years just 2 (3%) children developed decay in adult teeth.and 9 (14%) developed decay  in baby teeth.

Conclusions

Although this is not a scientific study and a small sample it does seem to indicate a reduction in decay for children attending Golding House practice compared with other studies of a similar nature.