Children’s bad teeth shock

NEARLY half of Bolton’s children have dental decay, new research has revealed.

One in seven mothers say their children have at least three fillings and 20 per cent of Bolton mothers say their youngsters only brush their teeth once a day.

In the study almost half of parents of children aged between two and 12 in Bolton found getting their children to brush their teeth stressful.

The research also reveals that one in 50 mothers in the town have youngsters with gum disease — traditionally an adult condition — and a fifth have children with at least four fillings.

Dentist Tina Tanna, who is working with the makers of Aquafresh, which carried out the study, said: “These results are shocking but not surprising.

“Dental decay is one of the most preventable diseases in the UK.

“Every mum knows how hard it is to get their kids to brush their teeth but these results show how important this really is.”

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11:05am Thu 27 Sep 12

JOHN HIGHAM says...

Could this also not be blamed on the dentist`s that when qualified never think of going into the NHS and only go doing private? What should happen is that anyone learning to become a dentist should get the teaching and qualifications for FREE but a contract signed stating the EVERY person going into dentistry MUST work for the NHS for 15 years even before they think about going working in private.... Maybe then peoples health would become a lot better.....
Could this also not be blamed on the dentist`s that when qualified never think of going into the NHS and only go doing private? What should happen is that anyone learning to become a dentist should get the teaching and qualifications for FREE but a contract signed stating the EVERY person going into dentistry MUST work for the NHS for 15 years even before they think about going working in private.... Maybe then peoples health would become a lot better..... JOHN HIGHAM
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6:48pm Thu 27 Sep 12

The-Boltonian says...

Whilst I agree with John Higham, I cannot agree with the 15 years.

Before people blame dentists, (I am not a dentist or related to one), they should blame themselves.

Decay is caused due to bad tooth care.

This is due to bad teaching by BOTH the dental authority and parents.

Some may try to blame the water authority for failing to use fluoride.

I blame no one other than those who have a direct link to children.
Whilst I agree with John Higham, I cannot agree with the 15 years. Before people blame dentists, (I am not a dentist or related to one), they should blame themselves. Decay is caused due to bad tooth care. This is due to bad teaching by BOTH the dental authority and parents. Some may try to blame the water authority for failing to use fluoride. I blame no one other than those who have a direct link to children. The-Boltonian
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9:03am Fri 28 Sep 12

exiled says...

Is this really a shock?

Quite regularly see kids forcing pop and crisps/chocolate in their mouths on the way to and from school.
Is this really a shock? Quite regularly see kids forcing pop and crisps/chocolate in their mouths on the way to and from school. exiled
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