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Children’s tooth decay costs NHS £35 million a year


The cost of removing rotten teeth from the mouths of children has soared by over 60% from 2010/2011, reaching a shocking £35 million a year, based on reports from councils. The Local Government Association (LGA) also revealed that the children’s education could be affected by the amount of time taken off to get dental treatment.

According to the LGA’s figures, more than a hundred operations a day are carried out to remove multiple decayed teeth from children and teenagers in hospitals across England. It has been suggested that increased consumption of fizzy drinks and sugary foods is to blame for the rise in tooth extractions due to cavities.

The numbers also reveal that a shocking £35.3 million was spent on the operations to remove the teeth over 2014/2015, a huge increase from £21.9 million in 2010/2011. Spokeswoman for the LGA, Izzi Seccombe, said that almost half of 11-15-year-olds have a fizzy drink at least once a day, which is not only causing tooth decay, it is also contributing to childhood obesity. She added that these figures were ‘doubly alarming’ because the extractions were taking place in hospital and not at a dental clinic. Izzi advised that improved oral health can ‘help children learn at school, and improve their ability to thrive and develop.’


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