BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Tooth decay seems to have become one of the major issues in Great Britain. According to a new survey conducted by the Royal College of surgeons, the rate of tooth decay among young children has spiked by 9.81 percent over a period of 4 years. Thus, many children from the UK need dental surgery for an issue that is 90 percent of the time preventable.
A newly released study, pooling data from the Health and Social Care Information Center, has revealed that tens of thousands of children had tooth removal surgery over the last 4 years. More specifically, the study shows that from 2011, approximately 128.558 children were admitted to various dental clinics in order to have their teeth removed.
The study also suggests that the culprit, in this case, is tooth decay. Moreover, between April 2014 and March 2015, the dental surgeons handled over 14.445 cases of severe tooth decay. Unfortunately, as preventable as tooth decay is if the condition is far too advanced, the only known treatment is a dental extraction.
Although it sounds pretty painful, it’s a necessary evil, especially in the case of young children. Some would argue that our smile is the best business card we could offer. And that’s why it is important to visit our dentist at least once a year.
Statistically speaking, from 2011 until 2015, the dental surgeons managed to treat over 128.000 children, aged ten or under, with tooth decay. Moreover over, between 2014 and 2015, the doctors oversaw the treatment of 14.445 cases of tooth decay for children under 5 years old. Six to 10-year olds amassed to 19.336 cases.
The overall situation is dire indeed if we took a closer look. It would seem that during 2011 and 2012, approximately 30.761 children were treated for tooth decay. In the following interval (2012-2013), 31.275 children were subjected to dental surgery. In 2013 and 2014, the doctors treated no less than 32.741 cases of tooth decay, followed by 2015 with 33.781.
Professor Nigel Hunt, the Dean of Stomatology, from the Royal College of Surgeons, declared that the tooth decay rate has gone up by 9.81 percent in just 4 years. Moreover, the Dean of Stomatology also declared that the situation is appalling, taking into account the fact the tooth decay is 90 percent of the time preventable.
Furthermore, he also stated that the Government and dental associations must come up with new strategies in order to raise awareness among parents. The overall situation suggests that many children from the UK need dental surgery for a situation that could have been prevented in the first place.