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Rotten Teeth in Toddlers at Crisis Point

18/07/2015

Britain is in the grip of a 'national crisis' in child tooth decay, with fizzy drinks and sweets leading thousands to need dental operations each year, a senior surgeon has warned. Professor Nigel Hunt, of the Royal College of Surgeons, has called for sugary foods and drinks to carry cigarette-style warning pictures to highlight the risk of rotting children's teeth. Figures show 46,500 children are now being admitted to hospital each ye'We want to see a clear government strategy that raises awareness of the importance of simple measures such as reducing sugar consumption or visiting a dentist and drives up standards in oral health nationally.' Hospitals are running extra operations at evenings and weekends to deal with the 46,500 children admitted each year to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic after they are decayed by sugar. 'We want to see a clear government strategy that raises awareness of the importance of simple measures such as reducing sugar consumption or visiting a dentist and drives up standards in oral health nationally.' 'We want to see a clear government strategy that raises awareness of the imporThe Department of Health has insisted children's teeth are healthier than they were 10 years ago, but admitted the situation still needs to improve. A spokesman said: ''We are radically changing NHS dentistry, so that dentists will be paid for keeping the nations' teeth healthy, rather than just for treating problems as they arise. 'NHS dentistry is free for children and we strongly recommend parents take children for regular check-ups.

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