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Take children to dentist by age of one, parents urged

7th March 2017

Parents have been urged to take their children to the dentist before their first birthday to help prevent tooth decay.

Failure to see a dentist in early life and establish a good oral healthcare routine can lead to severe problems and the issue is most acute in London, according to official figures which accounts for nine of the ten worst local authorities in Britain for oral health.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, dean of the Royal College of Surgeons’ faculty of dental surgery Professor Nigel Hunt said: "The number of children in London who did not see a dentist in 2016 is unacceptable.

"London is behind the rest of Britain for child oral health. As its capital we should be ashamed."

He said the lack of dental visits and the high level of consumption of sugary snacks and drinks are key reasons for the problem, which sees over 11,000 children in London being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions every year.

The NHS advises that brushing of children's teeth should start as soon as their milk teeth emerge at around six months of age.

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