NHS: More than 40% of Children Skipped Dental Visits in 2015
The National Health Service Digital information revealed that over 4 out 10 children in England did not pay a visit to an NHS dentist at all in 2015, with experts saying the figure is a cause for concern.
Professor Nigel Hunt of the Royal College of Surgeons said that the 42.1 percent of children skipped a dental appointment, which reflected why tooth decay remains the top reason for hospital admission amongst children, despite the matter being a preventable one.
As a result, tooth extractions would be required for some cases. In fact, the number of children that had their pearly whites extracted rose by nearly 10 percent between 2014 and 2015 compared to the numbers between 2011 and 2012.
The dental industry offers affordable dental implants for missing teeth, despite most of the public believing that they cost otherwise. However, a professional dental practitioner will recommend prevention as a better option than a cure, especially when the patient is still young.
Kensington and Chelsea were among places with the lowest number of children that went to an NHS dentist in 2015, as families in these areas are more likely to cover the treatment expenses. Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen of the British Dental Association said the government should start investing in oral health care by supporting the NHS.
When free dental treatment exists and yet children are missing out on it, that is quite a source of embarrassment, according to Overgaard-Nielsen.
The NHS provides free dental check-ups for children, who would most likely receive a fluoride varnish treatment at the same time. The treatment aims to prevent decay by enhancing the enamel. Last year to June, 6.7 million kids went for a dental examination done by an NHS dentist.
Overgaard-Nielsen said that young people who were unable to make a trip to the dentist represent why the government should be more active in promoting regular check-up as an efficient way to prevent oral health problems.
On the other hand, parents and health professionals should also exert effort to be on the same page, according to him.