The "disgraceful" number of Cov kids who don't go to the dentist

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The "disgraceful" number of Cov kids who don't go to the dentist

Postby dutchman » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:57 pm

Tooth decay remains the leading cause of hospital admissions for children

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More than 30,000 children in Coventry have not seen an NHS dentist in the last year, according to newly released figures.

Despite check-ups and treatment being free for under 18s, more than four in 10 of the city's children missed out.

Tooth decay remains the leading cause of hospital admissions for children.

But NHS data shows that 41 per cent of children in Coventry has no dental check-up in the 12 months to September 2018, sadly in line with the national average.

That's 31,620 children in the area not being checked over the period, despite NHS guidelines saying they should be seen at least once a year.

The British Dental Association (BDA) said the rate of check-ups for children is "national disgrace" and put it down to a lack of information to engage hard-to-reach families.

A poll conducted by the organisation found one in four parents were not aware there was no charge for routine check-ups for their children.

The BDA’s chairman of general dental practice, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said that current outreach programmes were more likely to target people who already visit their dentist.

He said: "The fact nearly five million children are missing out on free dental care is nothing short of a national disgrace, but is the logical result of policies from successive governments.

"In Scotland and Wales dedicated national programmes are reaching out in nurseries and primary schools, yet in England the authorities have offered a few posters to pop up in dental practices.

"Tooth decay is a preventable disease and remains the leading cause of hospital admissions for children, but instead of public information campaigns Westminster has offered radio silence."

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