Tooth decay causes highest number of non-urgent hospital admission for Brent children

Brent Council will tackle tooth decay in children (Pic credit: PA)

Brent Council will tackle tooth decay in children (Pic credit: PA) - Credit: Archant

Tooth decay is the most common cause of non-urgent admission to hospital for children in Brent, it has been revealed.

Almost half of the borough’s youngsters are being treated for rooting teeth and diseased gums due to a lack of dental awareness.

The shock findings have prompted Brent Council into launching a schools-based dental outreach programme to promote healthy teeth and gums.

It hopes to provide free assessments to more than 1,000 primary pupils, working with dentists and schools to arrange the assessments and fluoride varnish application for youngsters in nursery up to Year two (age six).

The council will be liaising with headteachers over the next few months to identify which schools want to take part in the pilot to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, lead member for health and well-being, said: “Tooth decay is entirely preventable and this project will emphasise the need for regular brushing, avoiding sugary snacks and drinks and the importance of regular dentist visits for children over the age of one.”