Dental surgeons are calling for the government in England to encourage all schools to go sugar-free in a bid to combat tooth decay. They say it is essential to cut sugar in school meals to tackle a condition affecting a quarter of five-year-olds. The BBC reports.
Dentists also want more supervised teeth-brushing in schools and guidelines on healthy packed lunches.
Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admissions among five-to-nine-year-olds over the last three years, its report says.
Yet figures show that 41% of under-18s didn’t visit an NHS dentist last year.
The faculty has produced a report containing 12 recommendations to try to cut down on cases of tooth decay.
Read the 12 recommendations Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free
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