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UK parents ‘overlook importance of early dental care’

15th July 2015

British parents are not doing enough to ensure their children are receiving early dental care, potentially creating unnecessary costs for the NHS.

This is according to a new survey of 2,000 parents by UK dental group My Dentist, which indicated that as many as one million children aged eight and under have still never paid a visit to the dentist.

It was shown that 57 per cent of respondents said they did not go to the dentist until after the child's first birthday – considerably later than when teething starts. Moreover, only 26 per cent of children brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes per session.

According to the analysis, this lack of education around the importance of early dental care is leaving the NHS with an estimated annual bill of 22 million pounds.

Barry Cockcroft, former chief dental officer for NHS England and non-executive director at My Dentist, said: "Early dental care can be a confusing, daunting issue for many parents. As an industry we must work harder to ensure the best and most appropriate resources are available."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801794445-ADNFCR

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