Number Of Children With Tooth Decay On The Rise

Children are suffering from poor dental health, after a report revealed an increase in hospital admissions for those with tooth decay for the second year in a row.

According to NHS figures, there were 26,111 youngsters aged between five and nine years old admitted to hospital in 2017/18. This represents a rise from 25,923 the year before, and 25,875 in 2015/16.

Professor Michael Escudier, dean of the faculty of dental surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), said this data is “disappointing”.

He stated: “Tooth decay is 90 per cent preventable and NHS dental treatment is free for all under 18s, [therefore] it is disgraceful that so many children in their early years of school are suffering time away from class to have teeth removed.”

Conversely, oral health among other age groups seems to be improving, with hospital admissions for one to four year olds declining from 8,281 to 7,666 over the year. A similar pattern was seen for ten to 14 year olds, dropping from 7,303 to 7,060.

Dental lead for Public Health England Dr Sandra White added that those in deprived areas “continue to be hit the hardest”.

Therefore, she stated that it is “vital” to teach young children about dental hygiene and eating less sugar to improve the condition of their teeth as they grow older.

It is also important parents take their children to regular check-ups at their dentists in Guildford, so they can get an expert to look at their little ones teeth. By getting advice on how to brush effectively and what foods are damaging to teeth, parents can help their youngsters avoid tooth decay and having to face surgery in the future.