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BDA calls for Manchester mayoral candidates to tackle child tooth decay

16th March 2017

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called on those in the running to become mayor of Greater Manchester to commit to addressing the child tooth decay problems that are prevalent in the region.

As the electoral race gets underway in earnest, the BDA has drawn attention to official data showing that the city region is bottom of the national league table in oral health terms – an issue that requires immediate attention.

Children in Greater Manchester are 60 percent more likely to be admitted to hospital requiring the extraction of multiple decayed teeth under general anaesthesia than an average child in England, with more than 15,000 of these procedures occurring in the last four years.

This has cost the local NHS more than 13 million pounds. Moreover, of the ten local authorities with the poorest children's oral health outcomes in England, it is known that three are in Greater Manchester.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: "Greater Manchester tops the league for child tooth decay. The new mayor has an opportunity and a responsibility to tackle this completely preventable disease that every year leaves thousands of the city's children in hospital facing multiple extractions."

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