Fears grow over children’s dental treatment

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Children’s fears about dental health are on the rise

The British Dental Association says the procedures highlight a growing backlog of dental care after government figures show around 70 children in the city had at least one tooth removed in hospital in 2020-21.

This means around 116 out of every 100,000 children in the region underwent tooth extraction last year, up from 287 in 2019-20.

Figures from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities show that, nationwide, 22,549 tooth extractions were performed in 2020-21, down 58% from 55,137 the previous year. .

The BDA has warned that the mining rates highlight the backlog caused by the pandemic.

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Dr Charlotte Waite, Chair of the BDA England Community Dental Services Committee, said: “Failure to tackle the backlog will hit those in our most deprived communities the hardest.”

“It is the country’s poorest children who will feel the results as they struggle to eat, sleep and study.”

The BDA added that the dramatic reduction in tooth extractions is almost solely due to the pandemic and is not an indication of a change in demand or an improvement in oral hygiene.

Dr Waite criticized the government’s inaction, saying it had not yet clarified the extent of the backlog or a plan to resolve it.

The Department of Health and Social Care said it had provided £50million to fund up to 350,000 additional NHS dental appointments.

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to improving dental health across the country.”

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