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Parents ‘believe tooth decay in children is acceptable’

22nd July 2016

Around one-third of parents believe that it is acceptable for children to experience tooth decay before they reach their teens, according to a new survey.

Some 30 percent of parents who responded to the poll, conducted by Denplan, expressed a view that tooth decay in children was perfectly normal and acceptable before they reached the age of 13.

The survey also found that 26 percent of parents find it hard to regulate the amount of sugar consumed by children, which can lead to tooth decay.

Of those parents surveyed, a further 29 percent believed that family history accounted for oral health conditions, while only 18 percent said they take their children to the dentist once a year after they get their first tooth.

Henry Clover, chief dental officer at Denplan said: "Whilst parents have the best of intentions with their children's dental health, our research shows it can be hard for parents to keep up good habits amongst a backdrop of hidden sugars in our food and drinks."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801822261-ADNFCR

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