Collection

Oral health

Information and resources for dental public health practitioners to improve oral health and reduce inequalities in England.

The data, profiles and indicators for oral health are available on Fingertips.

Old dental health surveys and data are available on the UK Government Web Archive.

Useful references for data include:

For queries about any of the reports or data, please email DentalPHIntelligence@phe.gov.uk.

Surveys and intelligence: children

These child oral health reports show findings from the Public Health England (PHE) dental epidemiology programme by local population. You will also find resources for fieldwork teams on the collection of oral health information.

Survey data of 5 year old children from 2012 and 2008 are held in the archive.

Fingertips hosts the local authority profiles of 5 year old children from 2012 and 2015.

The child dental health survey, carried out every 10 years, is a useful reference of changes in the oral health of children.

  1. Oral health survey of 3 year old children 2013
  2. Oral health survey of 5 year old children: fieldwork protocol
  3. Oral health survey of 5 year old children 2017
  4. Oral health survey of 5 year old children 2015
  5. Oral health survey of 12 year old children 2009
  6. Oral health survey of children attending special support schools

Surveys and intelligence: adults

These adult oral health reports show findings from the PHE dental epidemiology programme by local population. You will also find resources for fieldwork teams on the collection of oral health information.

The adult dental health survey, carried out every 10 years, is a useful for reference for dental heath changes in the adult population.

  1. Oral health survey of adults: fieldwork protocol
  2. Oral health survey of mildly dependent older people 2016
  3. Oral health of older people in England and Wales
  4. Oral health surveys of adult subgroups
  5. Oral health survey for older dependent people: North West
  1. Dental prescribing dashboard 2018
  2. Hospital tooth extractions of 0 to 19 year olds
  3. Dental epidemiology toolkit for local authorities

Improvement: toolkits and guides

Improvement: children

The PHE tooth brushing toolkit was developed as result of the 4Children tooth brushing feasibility report.

PHE’s latest campaign includes Change4Life Top Tips for Teeth toolkit for dental professionals.

The Tackling poor oral health in children guide explains local government’s role in reducing poor oral health in children.

The Healthy Child Programme e-learning resources for healthcare professionals include sessions on oral health.

Improvement: adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard: oral health in care homes describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

The NICE oral and dental health page includes all other related guidance, NICE Pathways and quality standards.

The alcohol e-learning resource for healthcare professionals includes a module for dental teams.

Improvement: water fluoridation

Healthcare public health

NHS England commissioning guides and standards support the transformation of dental services and the commissioning of consistent patient-centred dental services.

Health protection

Published 4 February 2019