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The UK NSC recommendation on Dental disease screening in children

 
Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed May 2014
Next review due in 2017/18
 
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The UK NSC confirms the decision that there is no evidence to support population screening for dental disease among children aged 6 to 9 years.

 

Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

The UK NSC confirms the decision that there is no evidence to support population screening for dental disease among children aged 6 to 9 years.

Nationally, resources would be more effective focusing on prevention of the disease especially in relation to tackling health inequalities which form a key part of primary dental care services.

More about Dental Disease

Tooth decay (also known as dental decay and dental caries) results from a bacterial infection of your teeth.

» Read more about dental decay on NHS Choices

Stakeholders

The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry
British Dental Association
British Dental Health Foundation
Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)
Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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