Oral health strategy 2021-26

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is one of the more deprived local authorities in England. Poor oral health is closely linked to deprivation, and this is seen in the data for decayed missing or filled teeth (dmft) for the Borough.

Our five year olds have the highest rate of decay in England, this time by a significant margin. This is a call to action to provide long term interventions to reverse the trend year on year.

Good oral health has an important role in positive general health and wellbeing for children, vulnerable adults and the elderly, and prevention of poor oral health is a multifaceted approach involving education, healthcare, dental services, young people’s services, the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) and Public Health.

This strategy has been developed in consultation with partners such as NHS England (NHSE), Public Health England (PHE), the Community Voluntary and Faith sector and the Borough’s Food Resilience Alliance. It includes data showing the scale of the oral health problems in the Borough, effective evidence based interventions, best practice and recommendations for collective action to improve the oral health of our residents.

The impact of these interventions will be evident in the next two to five years, measured by the surveys of five year olds in 2023 and 2025 and evaluation of the recommended interventions which are set out across the three life courses of Start Well, Live Well and Age Well. They should go a long way to improve the oral health of all our residents.