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Sharon White - Monday, September 09, 2019 -

Dental surgeons say all schools in England should be encouraged to become sugar free to tackle worrying levels of child tooth decay. The call comes as analysis by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) shows more than 100,000 hospital admissions for

children under the age of ten in England due to tooth decay over a three year period1. This is despite the condition being almost entirely preventable.

The FDS has published a new position statement today (15 August) on children's oral health which is an update to their January 2015 report 'The state of children's oral health in England.' The statement also calls on the new Government to stand by previous commitments in the Childhood Obesity Plan and Prevention Green Paper. The FDS says supervised tooth brushing schemes in England should be put in place before 2022 so that more children at risk of decay can benefit.


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