Britain’s outraged dentists are today calling on the Government to tackle a ‘national scandal’ that means more than 33,000 children a year have such rotten teeth that medics have no option but to surgically remove them.
Children as young as five-years-old are being referred to hospital to have up to 18 of their 20 milk teeth pulled out, experts say.
Horrified dentists, who have described the emotional turmoil of sending toddlers as young as two to have their teeth taken out, are demanding the government introduce a national strategy for the prevention of tooth decay in children.
Statistics show around 33,815 children in England had their decayed teeth taken out in hospital last year as a result of a lack of brushing, poor diet and sugary drinks.
Experts estimate these surgical procedures cost the NHS nearly £31.5 million.
Statistics show 33,815 children had their decayed teeth taken out in hospital last year as a result of a lack of brushing, poor diet and sugary drinks
Children in Yorkshire and 신촌 치과 Humberside have the worst teeth in England, with around 7,600 youngsters having their teeth surgically removed at hospital due to teeth decay last year.
The North West closely follows, with an estimated 6,770 children being admitted to have their teeth taken out whilst 6,715 children in the capital underwent the same surgery.
For children aged ten and 신촌역 치과 under, the figures are damning.
For many of these children, it will be their first visit to the hospital.
In Yorkshire and Humberside, children of this age group – who are still at primary school – accounted for 6,225 extractions as a result of tooth decay.
Around 1,300 of these surgeries were to remove teeth from children aged four or under.
Yorkshire is closely followed by London, with an estimated 5,300 children aged ten or under facing having their teeth removed at hospital.
In the North West, around 5,230 children underwent the same surgery – 4,260 of whom were aged between five and nine years old.
Children as young as five-years-old are being referred to hospital to have up to 18 of their 20 milk teeth pulled out, experts say