According to the latest data, there are too many children with bad teeth. The Social Care and Health Information Centre revealed that since 2001 approximately 128,558 children needed, at least, one teeth removed.
Children’s teeth, if are properly maintained, should not present any damage such as fast decay leading to removal. Their teeth are rather new so they can be easily taken care of with regular brushing and flossing.
But the data shows that there are too many children with bad teeth in England. According to the numbers that were released by the Information Centre, there were roughly 14,445 five-year-old and smaller children in need of a dentist in between April 1st, 2014 and March 31st March 2015.
Furthermore, there was an additional number of 19.336 children in between the ages of six and ten that were having serious problems with their teeth.
The total number of children up to ten years old that had decaying oral health in between 2014 and 2015 was of 33,781 cases. The number has increased considerably. In between 2013 and 2014, there have been 32.741 cases and in between 2011 and 2012 only 30.761.
The Dean of the Dental Surgery Faculty at the Royal Surgeons College, Nigel Hunt, says that the almost 10 percent increase is scandalous and unacceptable.
He says that the increased rate of tooth decay doesn’t only come with parents and children feeling distressed, but also with considerable financial and social implications.
Professor Hunt also adds that advanced tooth decay is the main reason of hospital admission in children with ages between five and nine.
Furthermore, he says that people should become more aware of the tooth decay problem and learn how to properly take care of the teeth of children since more than 90 percent of the present causes of tooth decay are preventable.
But oral health awareness is just one part of the solution. Parents and children must be taught the dangers of sugar impact on teeth.
Also, he adds that the British Government must do something in order to improve the access of children to NHS medical and dental services.
There are too many children with bad teeth in England, and a great part of them are to be found in London.
According to the data, there were 8,362 cases of children with advanced teeth decay in London in between 8,362.
Other towns that are affected by teeth negligence are Sheffield, Rotherham, Liverpool and Doncaster.
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