X

Cookies

Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Take a bite out of me, me, me

I was appalled to read that rotting teeth is the most common cause of primary school aged children being admitted to hospital in Britain.

Americans have always prided themselves on tooth care and possessing straight and ultra-white teeth.

They have long poked fun at our crooked smiles and wayward teeth.

But dentistry in the UK has improved massively in recent years.

Everyone knows how important it is to brush teeth, avoid too many sweet things and to visit the dentist.

And now we even have a growing industry in teeth whitening and enamelling services.

So how have we got to the point where almost 26,000 primary school children were treated for tooth decay in the past year, making it the most common reason youngsters are admitted to hospital?

Nearly 500 children aged five to nine were hospitalised due to rotten teeth each week in 2013-14 and in some cases dentists are forced to remove all 20 baby teeth from their young patients.

This goes beyond neglect. It is abuse.

People don’t wake up in the morning to discover that their teeth are rotten. It happens over a period of time.

A long period of time.

We’ve reached this sad and sorry state because increasingly, we’re becoming more selfish. It’s all about me. ‘Me-time’ selfies, keeping up to date with social media sites.

We care more about ourselves than our children.

It is no good adults dismissing any faults with a child’s primary or ‘baby’ teeth.

How these teeth develop and grow has an impact on how their adult or secondary teeth develop.

Primary teeth help maintain good nutrition with proper chewing and, vitally, play a key part in speech development.

Graham Barnby, honorary vice-president of the British Dental Health Foundation has said this pitiful state of affairs is caused by the amount of sugary, fizzy drinks our youngsters chug back.

That is part of it, but the main cause is the neglect and disinterest of their parents.

Have your say

I am intrigued as to how you have come to the conclusion children's tooth decay is linked to social media. Did you just make this link up? I think so.

According to the UK government website tooth decay in children has been steadily falling, here are some statistics:

overall tooth decay in 5 year olds has reduced from 30.9% to 27.9%
the proportion of children with untreated decay has reduced from 27.5% to 24.5%
children with sepsis in their mouths has reduced from 2.3% to 1.7% since 2008
72.1% of 5 year olds are free from tooth decay, up from 69.1% in 2008.

So Mark, if you had bothered to look at the statistics you would have realised your social media hypothesis was a load of rubbish before you wrote it and saved us all a few minutes of reading which we are never going to get back.

Posted by Bob on 6 August 2014 at 17:04

I am intrigued as to how you have come to the conclusion children's tooth decay is linked to social media. Did you just make this link up? I think so.

According to the UK government website tooth decay in children has been steadily falling, here are some statistics:

overall tooth decay in 5 year olds has reduced from 30.9% to 27.9%
the proportion of children with untreated decay has reduced from 27.5% to 24.5%
children with sepsis in their mouths has reduced from 2.3% to 1.7% since 2008
72.1% of 5 year olds are free from tooth decay, up from 69.1% in 2008.

So Mark, if you had bothered to look at the statistics you would have realised your social media hypothesis was a load of rubbish before you wrote it and saved us all a few minutes of reading which we are never going to get back.

Posted by Bob on 6 August 2014 at 16:53

View all 4 comments on this article

Make your comment

Your name

Your Email

Your Town/City

Your comment


SHARE THIS ARTICLE

News & Star What's On search





Vote

Boy bands, big bands, cover bands or tributes... how wide is your taste in music?

Anything apart from reality show winners

Still listening to older stuff. I find little new music to excite me

All music is a gift - I rule nothing out

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for:
NEWS & STAR ON: