British children have some of the worst teeth in the world.
Dentaid, a global dental charity are stepping in to treat British children who have rotten teeth due to NHS dentistry cuts. Dentaid have uncovered that British kids
have worse oral health than children who are living in severely under developed countries such as Malawi and Sudan.
Countries that are incredibly impoverished, with limited access to clean water, oral hygiene products or even a local dentist, are outshining British children with their oral health. This is because over half of NHS dentists in the UK are not welcoming new patients
The Shocking Truth
This is a horrifying considering that ALL children in the UK are entitled to free dental care via The NHS up until age 18. Tooth Decay remains the num
ber one reason for children being admitted to hospital in the UK, above broken bones, appendicitis and epilepsy attacks.
Without vital dental care through their formative years, children could develop serious problems with their teeth and gums. Unfortunately, this will lead to further problems during adulthood.
A Dental Crisis
In this crisis, Dentaid have opened temporary, portable dental practices in order to help tackle the problem. Dewsbury, Hampshire, Cornwall and B
uckinghamshire are among the first few places in England to open these temporary clinics.
If you’ve not suffered toothache, you’d be surprised to know the different ways in which it can affect you. It can affect your ability to do day to day things such as eating, sleeping, talking or breathing. It can also affect your appearance if swelling is present. Toothache is truly horrible at any age and if the pain becomes so strong, it causes people to take time off of school, university and work.
West Yorkshire is the worst affected.
Communities in West Yorkshire are among the worst affected and according to NHS Choices. In Kirklees 96% of practices say they cannot take on new patients. On the NHS Choices website has also shown that Bradford is home to the fastest growing child population with major oral health issues, has absolutely no access to NHS dentists for new patients in that area.
What happens now and next?
If you can’t get a dental appointment but need dental advice in the case of an emergency, you can call 111 to reach the NHS emergency help line.
The future of the NHS dentistry is looking a bit bleak. We can only hope that these problems are resolved and quickly. For such an advanced, developed country, children should not have to rely on charities such as Dentaid to step in.
Of course, we always say that prevention is better than cure. We can’t stress enough how important it is to implement a positive oral health routine into your child’s lifestyle. Two minutes twice a day with the correct toothbrush and toothpaste. Reducing sugar intake, and ensuring kids are getting enough calcium will also help to keep kid’s teeth healthy.
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