Britain’s tooth decay epidemic saw around 170 youngsters have teeth extracted in hospital every day last year, with sugar blamed for creating an “oral health crisis”.
New NHS spending data shows there were 42,911 hospital procedures to remove multiple teeth from patients aged 18 and under in 2016-17 at a cost of more than £36 million.
It marks a jump of almost a fifth (17 per cent) in the number of extractions performed on young people over the past four years, up from 36,833 in 2012-13.
Hospital teeth removals take place when a patient requires general anaesthetic, which cannot be given by a dentist. The NHS has spent £165 million on such treatment since 2012, past data reveals.
Council chiefs said the spike represented a crisis in dental health, brought on by excessive sugar intake among young people.
As far as I’m aware sugar consumption isn’t up over this period of time. Nor any recent period. So, a spike in extractions cannot have been caused by a spike in sugar consumption. Therefore, if such a spike exists it must be caused by something else.
The generally shitty state of NHS dentistry? All kiddies are eligible for that, aren’t they?