March 23, 2017
by Andrew Gould, Medical XPress
The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons has obtained and published data which show a shocking 24 per cent rise in the number of tooth extractions in hospital for children aged four and under in the past decade.
The number of children affected has risen from 7,444 in 2006/7 to 9,206 in 2015/16.
The data reveal that some 84,086 procedures took place on children within this age range and these dates, including 47 extractions in babies under the age of one is 2015/16.
Other figures showed that there have been more than 34,000 tooth extractions per year for the last two years in children aged nine and under. At 34,788 extractions in 2015/15 and 34,003 in 2016/16, the figures are higher than in any year between 2005/6 and 2013/14.
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