59% of 5-year-olds and 66% of children in school-year 8 were caries-free in 2018

  • Children in school-year 8 living in fluoridated areas had higher caries-free levels than their counterparts in non-fluoridated areas.
  • There was no difference in caries-free levels by fluoridation status for 5-year-old children.
  • Māori and Pacific children had poorer oral health compared to other ethnicities.Northland District Health Board had the lowest caries-free percentage for both children in school-year 8 and 5-year old children.

You can read our latest factsheet here and visit the Oral health of children page to find more information.