Call over child tooth problem in Hull

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Nearly 600 children in East Yorkshire – including more than 100 five-year-olds – have had rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic in the past year, a dental charity says.

A total of 579 youngsters have undergone extractions, at a cost of £416,000, according to Teeth Team. They include 15 two-year-olds and 112 children aged five.

The two-year-olds had to have more than one tooth removed because the decay was so bad, the report says.

The problem of rotting teeth is particularly prevalent in Hull, where 43% of five-year-olds have tooth decay. Nationally the average is 28%.

It occurs because parents habitually give babies and toddlers bottles of fruit juice and sugary drinks.

Teeth Team is calling for Hull City Council to introduce a “fluoride varnish” in the city’s most deprived areas, targeting children aged three to 11.

Chris Groombridge, chairman of the organisation, says the varnish should be part of the council’s oral health plan as it would reduce the need for extractions under general anaesthetic.

General anaesthetic is expensive and has “high levels of emotional and physical distress for the children and the parents”, he adds.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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  • Gerri Scargill

    The root cause of this problem is not fixed by fluoride, it’s about parents taking responsibility for what they allow or give their children to eat and drink. Perhaps more needs to be done to educate parents in these more deprived areas about it, but varnishing over the problem won’t stop the long term bad nutritional choices which those children will then go on to pass on to their own children.

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