Tooth decay in children is a substantial public health issue. Therefore, it is essential that all relevant members of the healthcare team are working together in the fight against this distressing and preventable disease. This article aims to discuss:
- The burden of the disease.
- The causes of tooth decay.
- The consequences of tooth decay.
- Prevention of tooth decay.
- Tooth decay: the burden of disease.
Tooth decay, also known as dental decay or dental caries, in children is a significant public health concern.1,2 The Children's Dental Health Survey 2013, commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre,3 highlighted the burden of disease in England: