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Decay accounts for nine in ten child tooth extractions in hospital

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Decay accounts for nine in ten child tooth extractions in hospital

Almost nine in ten hospital tooth extractions among children to age five are due to preventable tooth decay, according to data published by Public Health England (PHE).

Although the oral health of children is improving, significant inequalities remain and tooth extraction is still the most common hospital procedure in six to ten year olds.

Tooth decay can cause problems with eating and sleeping, and results in at least 60,000 days being missed from school during the year for hospital extractions alone. Tooth decay could be prevented by cutting down on sugar and practicing good oral hygiene. More….