BDA welcomes new guidance on preventing tooth decay in children
The British Dental Association (BDA) welcomes new guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to help local authorities tackle high levels of tooth decay in children.
Around £30 million is spent every year in England to remove decayed teeth in young people under 18 years.
The BDA urges government and local authorities to invest in effective intervention measures in areas with persistently high levels of tooth decay.
John Milne, chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, said: ‘The NICE guidance underlines the fact that oral health should be a priority for everyone, and prevention needs to start at home.
‘Before many children even reach school age the damage has already been done.
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