Free toothbrushes for all toddlers doctors demand

first_imgDr Iain Kennedy, chair of the BMA’s public health committee, said: “Over 30,000 children under the age of nine had to be taken into hospital in the past two years to have teeth extracted.”Eighteen thousand of those children were under five years old.“It is shocking that so many children this young need to have teeth removed, often in hospital under general anaesthetic which carries significant risk.”The union also demanded the introduction of compulsory dental hygiene lessons in primary schools via the National Curriculum.The votes mean the motions become official BMA policy and the body will formally agree to lobby the Government for changes in practice.“Doctors across the country are calling on the government to help prevent further children from needing these operations by regulating food manufacturers to place health warnings on sugary foods, introducing free toothbrushes to all children aged five years and under, and by providing compulsory dental hygiene lessons for children in primary school,” said Dr Kennedy. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Government should provide free toothbrushes to every child aged five and under in a bid to grapple a dental “crisis” among toddlers, doctors have said.The British Medical Association also wants to see cigarette-style health warnings on packages of children’s food that contain high a sugar content and are contributing to tooth decay.Doctors at the union’s annual conference said they were seeing “more and more” young children turn up to hospital will rotting teeth.center_img It is shocking that so many children this young need to have teeth removedDr Iain Kennedy, BMA Public Health Committee chairlast_img read more