Child extractions increase by 18% over last five years

There were 45,077 extractions of multiple teeth in under 18s in England over the last year.

Local Government Association figures also show the cost for extractions to the NHS in 2017/18 was £38.9 million.

There has been an 18% increase in the number of extractions costing the NHS £205 million in total since 2012.

‘These figures highlight the damage that excessive sugar intake is doing to young people’s teeth,’ Councillor Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said.

‘The fact that, due to the severity of the decay, 180 operations a day to remove multiple teeth in children and teenagers have to be done in a hospital is concerning.

‘It also adds to current pressures on the NHS.

‘This trend shows there is a vital need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction.

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