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Posted on 26th September 2016

More than 40% of children didn’t see a dentist last year

The British Dental Association say that regular dental check-ups are key to prevent tooth decay in children and these figures are embarrassing.

The most common reason for children to go to hospital is tooth decay. Guidelines recommend children see a dentist once a year.

A region breakdown of the figures show that the attendance figures were highest in the north of England and lowest in London.

NHS Digital figures from 2014-15 show a 10% increase in children needing tooth extractions compared to those recorded in 2011-12.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chair of general dental practice at the British Dental Association, said: "It's clear we have a problem when one in three children are missing out on free dental treatment.

"These numbers are a national embarrassment, and will not budge until ministers change tack."

He added: "We need a concerted effort to get parents, health professionals and government on the same page."

The figures do show a small reduction in the about of children having teeth extracted in dental practices, but tooth extractions because of decay continue to be the top reason children between five and nine are admitted to hospital.

Apart from examinations, children are missing out on the chance to receive a fluoride varnish treatment.

This is painted on to the teeth to strengthen the enamel, making it more resistant to decay.

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