Tooth decay in South Australian kids on the rise

A spike in the number of South Australian children needing hospital treatment for dental problems has prompted an urgent warning from health authorities.

In the last 12 months, 24 babies under the age of one have undergone a general anesthetic in hospital for dental procedures, Health Minister Jack Snelling said.

In the same period, more than 2500 children under the age of eight have been hospitalised for dental treatment – a 55 percent increase over the last decade.

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