Proportion of children in Year 8 without cavities in the Southern DHB, New Zealand
By ethnic group and water fluoridation status, 2021, % of children
The following information applies to all values in the table.
Year: 2021, District health board: Southern District Health Board, School year of child: Year 8, Measure: Percentage of children caries free
Tairawhiti DHB results have been excluded because of data collection problems.
Water fluoridation: Water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the natural level of fluoride in the water supply to between 0.7 ppm and 1.0 ppm. This is the optimal amount that provides protection against tooth decay, and is recommended by the World Health Organization.
Please note results have not been adjusted for socio-economic status
This dataset provides data from the Community Oral Health Service, containing statistics on the level of decayed, missing and filled teeth (dmft/DMFT) and percentage of children caries-free for Year 8 children. Data is organised by DHB and region, as well as ethnicity and fluoridation status.