Hospital admissions for children with tooth decay "Unacceptable" says Faculty for Dental Surgery.

A call for all schools in England to become sugar-free, by leading dentists, highlights the problem of poor oral health among children.

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A new report from the Faculty shows that in some areas tooth decay is visibly present in a third of all children.

Dental check-ups are free on the NHS for anyone under the age of 18 and the Faculty is keen for parents to ensure their children see a dentist at least once a year. The average in England for tooth decay in five year olds is 23.3% nationally.

Professor Michael Escudier, dean of the Faculty said:

"It is incredibly worrying that levels of tooth decay among children in England remain so high - especially when you consider it is almost entirely preventable. "

He goes onto ask that schools help by limiting the availability of sugary food and drinks available to pupils by going sugar-free. In addition that schools provide guidelines for parents as to what to include in the packed lunches given to their children.
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Sugars (clockwise from top-left): white refined, unrefined, unprocessed cane, brown... By Romain Behar - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1219848