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Children's teeth not being looked after

14th July 2014
Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admittance for children in England, according to NHS figures.

The British Dental Health Foundation said some parents needed to pay more attention to the importance of their child's teeth.

Nearly 26,000 between the ages of five and nine were admitted for decaying teeth. This figure is a 14% increase on 2010 and has been blamed on sugar-filled drinks, smoothies and fruit juices.

Kathryn Harley, a paediatric dentist, said: "We see an awful lot in the media linking sugar to obesity and other health problems and not enough about the link between sugar in the diet and oral health."

Last month a group of scientists called for children to be given only water to drink to combat obesity and protect teeth.

Experts are suggesting parents and guardians encourage their children to drink more water instead of fizzy drinks.

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