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Tooth Decay Amongst Five Year Olds in Decline

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10 May 2016

Responding to Public Health England report that shows a fall in the overall number of five year olds with tooth decay, Professor Bill Saunders, Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:

"Whilst the fall is welcome, PHE’s figures show that a quarter of children in England start school with tooth decay. This is entirely preventable and once again shows the urgent need to limit sugary food and drink, encouraging regular brushing and the benefits of regular visits to dentists.

"Once again, we call on Government to urgently devise and implement a national obesity strategy that contains measures to reduce sugar content in a wide range of food and drinks as well as a national oral strategy to deal with this specific issue.”

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