The number of children having teeth removed in hospital has risen almost a fifth in six years, new figures show.
Dentists said it was a “scandal” that so many teeth were being left to rot, amid a diet of too much sugar and too little toothbrushing.
The NHS figures show more than 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth from teenagers and children in 2017/18 – a rise of 18 per cent since 2012/2013.
The severity of the tooth decay means that the treatment has to be undertaken in a hospital under general anaesthetic, rather than a dentist.
They included 75 cases in which children had to have every single tooth removed – a 40 per cdnt rise over the period.
Sugar consumption is lower than it used to be. So, what is it that they’ve done wrong to reach this result? Who knows, we might even be polite and assume they’re mistaken rather than just flat out lying.