Swadlincote dentist appeals for more support for families, as extraction rates soar among youngsters

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A Swadlincote dentist has appealed for more support for families after figures revealed a sharp increase in the number of dental extractions carried out on children aged 4 and under.

John Hume-Spry, from The Delph Dental Practice, said that he wasn’t surprised by the latest figures released by the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons based on what his team sees on a daily basis. However, he agreed with dentists all over the country that more needs to be done to stem the prevalence of decay urgently. The practice owner said that it’s all too common for children to come into the practice with signs of decay and rotten teeth, which need extracting in hospital under general anaesthetic. There’s no doubt that this is a very distressing experience for both parents and children, and what makes the situation even more worrying is the fact that around 90 percent of cases of decay are preventable.

The Delph Dental team is now hosting family-friendly sessions to educate children and parents about the importance of good dental health, and John is hoping that the workshops will help to encourage better standards of oral health and healthier eating. The main problem with today’s young children is their diet. Many children consume far more than the recommended daily intake of sugar on a daily basis, and this is contributing to soaring levels of decay.

The latest figures from the Royal College of Surgeons showed that the number of extraction procedure conducted on under 4’s has increased by 24 percent in the last decade. The Delph Dental Practice will be running fun, free dental health sessions on the 26th March, the 14th June and the 27th July.

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