The levels of dental decay in young children is worryingly high, with it being the most prevalent childhood disease. In England, treatment of decay is the most common reason young children (over 30,000 a year) undergo a general anaesthetic, costing the NHS £50.5 million a year. Although treatable, it has a substantial negative impact on children, families and society.

Bradford has the highest rates of childhood dental decay in Yorkshire, with almost 40% of children aged 5 having evidence of dental decay. The burden of decay is significant. Decay causes pain and suffering, as well as affecting what children eat, their speech, quality of life, self-esteem, and social confidence. In addition, decay has a wider societal impact on school readiness and attendance.

To date, limited research has been undertaken investigating oral health and education. The oral health research team are undertaking several projects to explore this important topic.

Specific Projects

Information coming soon.

Research outputs

Tull, K., Gray-Burrows, K., Bhatti, A., Owen, J., Rutter, L., Zoltie, T., … Day, P. (2019). “Strong Teeth” – a study protocol for an early-phase feasibility trial of a complex oral health intervention delivered by dental teams to parents of young children. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5:100. doi: 10.1186/s40814-019-0483-9

Eskyte, I., Gray-Burrows, K., Owen, J., Sykes-Muskett, B., Zoltie, T., Gill, S., . . . Day, P. (2018). HABIT—an early phase study to explore an oral health intervention delivered by health visitors to parents with young children aged 9–12 months: study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(1), 68. doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0261-0

Gray-Burrows, K. A., Owen, J., & Day, P. F. (2017). Learning from good practice: a review of current oral health promotion materials for parents of young children. Bdj, 222, 937. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.543

Marshman, Z., Ahern, S. M., McEachan, R. R. C., Rogers, H. J., Gray-Burrows, K. A., & Day, P. F. (2016). Parents’ Experiences of Toothbrushing with Children: A Qualitative Study. JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 1(2), 122-130. doi:10.1177/2380084416647727

Gray-Burrows, K. A., Day, P. F., Marshman, Z., Aliakbari, E., Prady, S. L., & McEachan, R. R. C. (2016). Using intervention mapping to develop a home-based parental-supervised toothbrushing intervention for young children. Implementation Science, 11(1), 61. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0416-4

Meet the team

Dr Peter Day

Action Project Leader and Associate Professor

Amrit Bhatti

Research Assistant

Lucy Rutter

Research Assistant

Jayne Purdy

Recruitment Officer