Hospitals treat more children with bad teeth than broken arms! More than 35,000 under tens were treated for tooth decay during 2016/17

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If a child ends up in hospital, it was once most likely to be due to a bump or scrape they had while playing.

But children under 10 are now twice as likely to be hospitalised with tooth decay than with a broken arm.

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The problem is blamed on a lack of awareness by parents about how to care for children’s teeth and their failure to take up free NHS dental treatment for under-18s.

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