More than 1 in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay

Public Health England researchers have discovered that 12 % of three-year-olds have signs of tooth decay – with an average of three teeth that were either missing, filled or decayed. The researchers checked the teeth of nearly 54,000 children at nurseries, children’s centres and playgroups. Early childhood caries, a particular type of tooth decay, has been linked to sugary drinks in baby bottles and sippy cups. The advice is to start brushing children’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, and supervise tooth brushing until the age of seven or eight. Full BBC article.


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