New analysis by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons shows there been a 24% rise in the number of tooth extractions performed on 0-4 year olds in hospitals in England over the last decade. This is the first time long term data for 0-4 year olds has been published.
NHS Digital figures, provided under a Freedom of Information request, show there were 84,086 procedures carried out on 0-4 year olds between 2006/07 and 2015/16. This is a steep increase when compared to a 16% increase in the population of 0-4 year olds over the same period.
Dentists are appealing to parents and the Government to take stronger action against the scourge of sugar on children’s teeth. Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), said:
“When you see the numbers tallied up like this it becomes abundantly clear that the sweet habits of our children are having a devastating effect on the state of their teeth. That children as young as one or two need to have teeth extracted is shocking. It’s almost certain that the majority of these extractions will be down to tooth decay caused by too much sugar in diets.”