Tooth decay in children needs to be tackled, Hemel Hempstead One Stop Doctors tell Abbey Primary School children in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 14:27 04 July 2017

Dental experts Ola, Anna, Melissa with schoolchildren from Abbey Primary School. Picture: ABBEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dental experts Ola, Anna, Melissa with schoolchildren from Abbey Primary School. Picture: ABBEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Doctors educated St Albans schoolchildren on the dangers of tooth decay amid growing concerns about the rising numbers of children with rotting teeth.

Hemel Hempstead-based One Stop Doctors went to Abbey Primary School, in Grove Road, to speak to the pupils about oral hygiene and healthy living.

A report conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) this year showed primary school students who have had teeth removed because of decay has increased for the fourth year in a row, and tooth extraction is the top reason five to nine-year-olds go to hospital.

The dentists said children should brush before breakfast and before bedtime, visit the dentist regularly and cut down on sugar.

Headteacher Emma Fenn said they jumped at the chance: “Tooth decay is an entirely preventable disease, so, as educators, this crisis in our children’s health is something that we can help to prevent.”

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