Every 10 minutes a child in England has a rotten tooth removed

tooth decay in child

According to Public Health England, around 141 children have their teeth removed every day, with some as young as a year old. This adds up to 60,000 missed days from school.

These stats have been published on the day the Government has launched a sugar tax – adding an extra 24p per litre on drinks that contain over 5g of sugar per 100ml.

Sugary drinks including fruit juices, energy drinks and cola are one of the main sources of sugar in children’s diets, and consuming too much sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and childhood obesity.

Dr Sandra White, dental lead for Public Health England, said, ‘It’s upsetting to see so many children admitted to hospital with tooth decay, but swapping out sugary drinks could be an easy win for busy families.’

How much sugar is in popular drinks?

Easy ways to avoid tooth decay

Taking these steps can reduce tooth decay and could lead to fewer days off school.

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