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Increase in UK tooth extractions is disappointing: NHS Chief says

The soaring rates of extraction of decayed teeth among Brits are quite ‘disappointing, NHS Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley said.

Fresh stats suggest that cases of tooth decay continue to soar at an alarming rate across the U.K., with as many as 33,781 tooth extractions performed on children under 10 years of age between 2014 and 2015.

Despite various government efforts and ongoing campaigns highlighting importance of good dental hygiene, the rate of tooth extraction jumped 3 per cent year-on-year. The stats also revealed a rise of 10 per cent since 2011 to 2012, when the annual extraction total was recorded at 30,761.

Commenting on the stats, Ms. Hurley said, “Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay – a highly preventable disease. We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems.”

She blamed increasing consumption of sugary drinks among children in the country for the growing problem, and stressed that if people were serious about tackling the problem then prevention was the key.

Stats published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also suggested that the number of kids being forced to undergo tooth extractions has been soaring for the last four consecutive years. In total, the 4-year tally of tooth extraction jumped beyond belief to 128,558.

In a report published by the TheGuardian, Tens of thousands of children have had decaying teeth removed in hospitals in England, according to the latest figures, which show an increase for the fourth year in a row.

“Not only is tooth decay distressing to children and parents, it has serious social and financial implications,” he said. “The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five- to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital. This issue urgently needs to be addressed, especially since 90% of tooth decay is preventable.”

“If they had gone to the dentist their tooth decay should have been picked up earlier and not reached the stage of extraction. The treatment occurring in secondary care implies the children are having their teeth extracted under general anaesthetic and means that tooth decay has reached extreme levels.”

A report published in the ParentHerald said, “An almost 10 percent increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable,” said Nigel Hunt, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. “This issue urgently needs to be addressed, especially since 90 percent of tooth decay is preventable.”

“In England, children and young people drink more sugary soft drinks than anywhere else in Europe and we are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems,” Hurley stated. “If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key.”

“”Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay – a highly preventable disease,” said Ms Hurley. “We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems. “If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key,” she added,” according to a news report published by BBC.

Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said: “An almost 10% increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable.”

“The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital.”

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