The survey provides information on the dental health of children in the United Kingdom, measures changes in oral health since previous surveys in 1983 and 1993, and provides information on children's experiences of dental care and treatment, and their oral hygiene.
The 2003 survey was based on a representative sample of children aged 5, 8, 12 and 15 years of age, attending government-maintained and independent schools in the UK. A total of 12,698 children were sampled from participating schools and asked to take part in a dental examination at school. In total 10,381 children were examined – a response rate of 82 per cent. Questionnaires requesting background data on children's oral hygiene and dental care were sent to the parents of a random sub-sample of 5,480 examined children. In total, 3,342 questionnaires were returned – a response rate of 61%.
About the Report
The 2003 Children’s Dental Health Survey, commissioned by the four United Kingdom Health Departments, is the fourth in a series of national children’s dental health surveys that have been carried out every 10 years since 1973 in England and Wales, and in the whole of the UK since 1983.