Toddlers are increasingly having their teeth extracted because too many parents think they are too young for the dentist, leading surgeons have warned.
New figures show that 80 per cent of one to two year olds in England did not visit the dentist in the last year, despite the fact NHS dental care for children is free. It comes amid soaring numbers of children having teeth extracted in hospital, including those less than a year old.
Youngsters should have regular dental check ups
Many parents do not worry about baby teeth, knowing they will be replaced by permanent teeth.
But dentists said getting children into the good habits early was important, because otherwise they were likely to neglect replacement teeth and could become scared of going to the dentist.
Guidance states youngsters should have regular dental check ups, starting from when their first teeth appear – which usually occurs around six months of age.
New figures collated by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons show that 80 per cent of one- to two-year-olds in England did not visit an NHS dentist in the year to March 31, 2017.
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