16 December 2019
Validation for the Starting Well campaign and DCby1
The North South divide is turned on its head when it comes to children’s dentistry and attendance at an NHS dentist. Dr Robin Mills, a specialist in paediatric dentistry and former BSPD President, has used NHS Digital figures to produce a map (see pdf below) which shows that the children in the North of England are more likely to have seen an NHS dentist in the last year. The map also shows that the Starting Well campaign is delivering on the commitment to improve children’s oral health. Dr Mills’ map reflects dental attendance according to postcode areas. He has highlighted the 13 areas where the Starting Well programme to tackle poor dental attendance and poor oral health, was introduced. His work shows there has been an overall improvement in the rankings of the 13 Starting Well postcode areas, indicating that the Department of Health initiative is working.