Childrens dental health report

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Summary of report content

In June 2017 the public chose Public Health as one of six priorities for Healthwatch Herefordshire years’ work. Healthwatch Herefordshire decided to undertake some general public health work and also a separate focus on children’s dental health which is the focus of this report. Healthwatch collected data about the public experiences and views through three surveys, a social media poll and six engagement sessions in Children’s Centres, which form the basis of this report, hearing from a total of 522 people. Healthwatch Herefordshire sought views on the following themes registering with an NHS dentist, what information people receive about good children’s dental health care? What people’s views are of water fluoridation? What could improve children’s dental health? What factors are causing poor dental health in children? Are there good examples of initiatives that have positively impacted on children’s dental health in Herefordshire? Healthwatch Herefordshire findings have been summarised in the following sections: Fluoridation, Fluoride treatment, registering with an NHS dentist, Accessing a dentist, Oral health information, Oral health, sugar and diet. The report contains 15 recommendations in relation to information providing, transport, campaigns and training.

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General details

Report title 
Childrens dental health report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Herefordshire
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Health promotion
Information providing
Public involvement
Quality of regulation
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
How was the information collected? 
Not known
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Dentist (non-hospital)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.