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Calls For Action on Sugar After Teen, Children had 45,000 Operations to Remove Teeth Last Year

December 3, 2018
by Ellen Manning, Yahoo! News


There were more than 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth from teenagers and children last year, figures show.

That equates to around 180 each working day and has sparked calls for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption.

UK youngsters are the biggest consumers of soft drinks in Europe – with two out of five (40%) 11 to 15-year-olds drinking sugary drinks at least once a day.

The LGA’s analysis of NHS spending data found there were 45,077 extractions of multiple teeth in under-18s in England in 2017/18 – costing £38.9 million. That’s up 18% from the 38,208 in 2012/13, which cost £27.4 million.

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