105 Children a day need to have rotting teeth removed

105 Children a day need to have rotting teeth removed

Article by Laura Donnelly, Health Editor the Daily Telegraph on 6th March

More than 100 children a day are having rotten teeth removed in hospital, when 9 in 10 cases could have been prevented, figures show.

Children aged 5 and under accounted for 14,545 tooth extractions in 2017/18 in England, with most of those (12,783) as a result of tooth decay.

Among those up to the age of 19, some 38,385 procedures were carried out to remove decaying teeth – around 105 a day, the NHS figures show.

Public Health England is urging parents to monitor their children’s sugar intake. It said most youngsters are consuming around 8 cubes of sugar more per day than the recommended limit of 5 cubes.

The full article can be accessed via the Daily Telegraph website.

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