For over two decades the British Dental Association and successive governments have slowly, in all but name, privatised dental care. They may have disagreements but neither truly support NHS dentistry, patients or dentists who want to work in the NHS. As if British teeth were not already enough of a joke.
Increasing numbers of young children, particularly from poor areas, are being taken into hospital to have rotten teeth removed, according to research by academics published today.
Experts are concerned by the steady increase in the figures – a 66% rise in extractions for caries over the nine years – and point out that in most cases, the child would have been subjected to a general anaesthetic, which is at best unpleasant and at worst can be life-threatening. The peak age for extractions owing to rotten teeth was five.