child screening programme

Dental disease

Tooth decay is also known as dental decay and dental caries. It is caused by a bacterial infection of your teeth.

Read more about dental decay on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in December 2019.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

The UK NSC does not recommend population screening for dental disease in children aged 6 to 9 years. There is no evidence to support a change in policy.

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.

Supporting documents from the 2019 review

Evidence summary dental disease (2019)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses dental disease (2019)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2019

Next review estimated to be completed: 2022 to 2023.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Dental disease

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

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