According to data release by the Health and Social Care Information centre, more than 6,400 children in Yorkshire were admitted to hospital with tooth decay in 2014/2015. This number means that children aged ten and under from Sheffield, Doncaster, and Rotherham are amongst those most at risk for tooth decay and tooth loss in the country.
Whilst hundreds of thousands children across the country are being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions every year, the numbers in South Yorkshire are currently among the highest overall. Sheffield is the worst hotspot, with Doncaster and Rotherham close behind. Only London had a high number of admissions at 8,362, with Yorkshire coming in at 6,413.
Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of dental surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, has said that this increase in the number of children visiting hospital for dental treatment is ‘unacceptable’ and he has called for change to improve this situation which ‘has serious social and financial implications.’ He added that oral health education needs to be improved to lower the numbers and dental professionals need to work with the government to raise awareness of the problem.