A four-year-old child from Bristol has had sixteen of her twenty milk teeth extracted because they were decaying; the girl, whose name has not been disclosed, was visiting the Charlotte Keel Centre in Easton for the first time when the extent of the problem was revealed. Her mother explained that she was initially concerned about the child having trouble eating but was aware that her teeth were not in a good state.
According to the Bristol Post, after examining her teeth, the dentist revealed that all but four of her baby teeth would have to be taken out because they were so badly decayed. The child was then referred to Bristol Dental Hospital for the treatment under general anaesthetic.
The case study is part of a council report which reveals that children living in deprived areas are more likely to suffer tooth decay and require fillings. The worst ward in Bristol is Ashley, with 127 out of 1,000 children being given fillings, despite the fact that the report labelled the problem ‘entirely preventable.’
The issue is due to be discussed at Bristol Health and Wellbeing Board this week.