Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Dental campaign addresses high tooth decay levels

A new dental health campaign has been launched in the light of research showing high levels of tooth decay in Manx children.

The report revealed that just under half of the 5-year-olds in the Isle of Man are suffering from "active decay".

The government's oral health strategy outlines an island-wide dental plan for the next five years.

It aims to improve preventative care and education in addition to boosting the provision of emergency dental care.

About 350 youngsters are likely to require corrective treatment ever year.

The government said recent statistics showed the the Isle of Man rated badly for tooth decay compared with regions across the North West of England.

Health Minister David Anderson said: "The Isle of Man continues to have worse decay levels than we should expect, given our high standard of health care.

"This fact is made even more troublesome when we consider that, in the majority of cases, dental decay is entirely preventable."

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