Tooth Decay In 5-9 year Olds Increases Again

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EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR - 22 children (aged 1-4) are admitted to hospital in the UK to have a decayed tooth removed.

Last year 26,111 children aged 5-9 were admitted to hospital to have at least one decayed tooth removed. Sadly this included two children who were less than one year old!

These are worrying figures released last week from NHS Digital for 2017-2018 considering tooth decay is 90% preventable. The figures also show an increase from the previous year!

In fact, tooth decay remains the number one reason that children aged 5-9 are admitted to hospital. This is double the number of children who were admitted for acute tonsillitis!

There is some good news though, the overall number for 1-4 year olds has decreased to 7,666 from 8,281 children, but in our opinion, just ONE child undergoing a general anaesthetic is ONE too many!

Brush-Baby is passionate about children’s dental welfare and will continue to spread the word about the importance of looking after it from day one of life.