People in Hull have some of the unhealthiest teeth in England.

NHS dentists performed 76,015 fillings and sealant restorations in Hull last year, new figures from the health service show.

These procedures were for adults who had allowed their teeth to decay to the point that dentists needed to intervene, either by filling in holes in their teeth or reapplying protective sealants.

There are 203,386 people in Hull aged 18 or over.

If fillings and new sealants were limited to one per person, that would mean 37 per cent of adults in Hull got one last year.

That was the seventh highest percentage in the whole country last year.

The top five areas with the unhealthiest teeth were South Tyneside, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees and Doncaster.

The data shows a sharp north-south divide in the quality of Britain’s teeth.

Nineteen of the top 20 local authorities with the highest proportions of adults going in for fillings and new sealants were in the north of England.

At the other extreme, nine of the bottom ten were all in London and the South East.

This data only counts people going to the dentists on the NHS – not private practices.