Tooth decay (dental caries) is one of the most common diseases in childhood in the UK. Learn more about dental health services and advice in Waltham Forest.
Children's primary (baby) teeth are more susceptible to decay than permanent (adult) teeth owing to differences in their chemical composition and physical properties.
In Waltham Forest 26% of five year olds have had a decay experience. This is lower than the England average but those children who do experience decay have a more severe experience with an average of 1.16 decayed, extracted or filled teeth compared to an average of 0.94 in England.
Children should see their dentist as soon as they get their first tooth. NHS dental treatment is free for all children under 18.