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Unmet needs and service gaps

Background papers: children :: Dental health in children :: Unmet needs and service gaps

Although most children in Kent and Medway enjoy good oral health, one in five, five- and 12-year-olds experience an average of at least two teeth affected by decay. Further oral health promotion services are therefore needed to address this disparity.

Additionally, dental attendance rates are variable across Kent and Medway. The need for clinical prevention would not appear to have been met and this needs to be developed.