ROTTEN TEETH IN TODDLERS AT CRISIS LEVEL

An article in yesterday’s Sunday Times carries an interview with Nigel Hunt dean of the royal College of Surgeon’s dental faculty who is calling for health warnings on sweets and soft drinks.

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Mr Hunt raises the concern that some children, as young as five, are having to wait up to a year to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic because of the high demand for children to have rotten teeth removed.
 
‘Hospitals have to run extra operations in the evenings and at weekends to deal with the 46,500 children admitted every year to have teeth removed... after they decayed because of excessive consumption of sugary drinks and sweets.’

The article quotes a figure of one-third of five year olds having some tooth decay in England.
Mr Hunt says:“We are reaching crisis point in terms of the number of children needing to go into the dental hospitals for full-blown general anaesthetics for extraction. Almost 26,000 general anaesthetics are being given to five to nine-year-old children every year to have teeth out now. We are talking frightening figures and the services just can’t cope.”

Poor eating habits and oral hygiene practices in childhood generally mean the same habits in adulthood which can result in gum and bone recession and continual loss of teeth.

He says it is time for warning labels on sweets and soft drinks in the same way as warnings on cigarette packs, giving not only the danger oral health but also the impact on the body as a whole. He is advocating David Cameron to include this as part of his latest drive against obesity.

Quote from: THE SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE 12th July 2015
 
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