MODELLING THE NEED FOR PREVENTIVE ORAL CARE
Descriptive analysis of data from the 2013 Child Dental Health Survey involving multi-stage random sample of 1,526 five-year old and 1,313 fifteen-year old children was done to categorise children based on their caries risk which might be low, medium or high, in order to assess the needs pattern for dental care based on risk level to model the level of preventive care for this age group. The volume of evidence-informed preventative care was calculated based on their risk level. Analysis showed 62% (n=964) of five year old and 83% (n=1,087) of fifteen year olds were considered medium or high risk for dental caries. The findings were then extrapolated to the total population of five and fifteen year olds in England. Nationally the level of fluoride varishings and fissure sealants for age group being evaluated amounts to 4.3 million and 2.5 million applications annually respectively. Extent of caries risk is considerably high in British children and requires immediate preventive action.