Dentist issues appeal over use of ‘vital’ free NHS treatments

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A Lancashire dentist has warned parents that they could be putting their children at risk of tooth decay by not taking advantage of free NHS treatment.

According to a Faculty of Dental Surgery report, around a quarter of a million children develop tooth decay by the time they start school, making it the county’s most common childhood disease.

Fluoride varnish is a free preventative treatment and is available to all children aged three and above, providing they are clinically suitable.

The treatment offers protections against decay and strengthens the teeth.

Mydentist practice manager Nicola Brown, said: “Statistics show 30% of children didn’t see an NHS dentist between 2012 and 2014 and dental issues are the main reason for children being admitted to hospital.

£30m. was spent on tooth extractions for under 18s in 2012/2013.

“We’re committed to changing this trend in Lancashire and have an oral health nurse who goes out to local schools and offers help and advice on dental health to both parents and children.

“We are particularly keen for families with young children to register with us so they can benefit from free NHS fluoride varnish treatment.”

The treatment is applied to children’s teeth trice a year from the age of three.