Child Tooth Decay Epidemic

July 18, 2017 by Dr Rahul Doshi

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Tooth Decay Sent 26,000 Children Under Nine To Hospital

Nearly 26,000 primary school children were admitted to hospital for treatment of tooth decay in the past 12 months, making the condition the most common reason for hospitalisation of children between the ages of five and nine, new research shows.

Statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, published in the Sunday Times, reveal that the number of primary school children admitted to hospital for tooth decay rose from 22,574 in 2010-11 to 25,812 in 2013-14. This means that each week, roughly 500 children ended up in hospital because of rotten teeth. The results have been described by dentistry experts as shocking.

Tooth Decay before dentistry work from Perfect SmileThe fact that figures are rising should come as a stark warning to parents, as dental professionals warn of the damage caused by excessive consumption of sugary drinks and foods. This includes fruit juice, which many parents think is healthy for their children. Poor dietary habits are the main reason for the problem, and in most cases the parents are responsible for putting their children in this position, experts explain.

According to Kathryn Harley, a consultant in paediatric dentistry, young patients are hospitalised either because they are in severe pain, or because their condition is so serious that treatment requires a general anaesthetic. Usually children have between four and eight teeth extracted, but it can be up to 12 or 14, she told the Sunday Times.

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