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Risks of child tooth decay

Tooth decay occurs when the plaque around your teeth has been damaged by acids that you consume when eating or drinking sugary snacks. The acids from these foods and drinks can weaken the enamel around your teeth which then make them more vulnerable to decay. If your tooth has become infected by decay you may experience sensitivity.

There are a number of different corrective treatments you can have to combat decay and one of those is root canal treatment. A procedure that is an uncomfortable experience and can often take place over a number of appointments.

Root canal treatment is done to a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. The dentist will do this to remove all the decay from the tooth. Having root canal treatment should hopefully prevent the need for an extraction. The procedure can have complications and can be more difficult for children.

Recent data published by NHS England shows that significant levels of tooth decay are being seen in children. The figures show that children aged 5-14 are needing to be hospitalised in order to undergo root canal treatment procedures. A treatment method that is usually only carried out when decay is particularly advanced.

The data showed that 50% of admissions for root canal treatment in England & Wales were in the age groups 5-9 and 10-14.

It is importance that children are having regular routine check-ups at the dentist. According to the NSH you should be taking your children to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. From this point they should then be having appointments every 6 months or annually, depending on the recommendation of their dentist.

You should also keep a check on how much sugar your children are having. Try lowering sugar intake by swapping high sugar foods and drinks with lower sugar products. Also make sure that your children are brushing their teeth twice a day.

While sugary treats may be a reason that child decay is on the rise it may not necessarily be the only contributing factor. Sometimes dentists fail to spot and treat decay in a timely manner. If a decayed tooth is left untreated that’s when the serious problems can arise and remedial treatments, such as root canal treatment are needed. The Dental Law Partnership encourages parents to take their children for regular dental check-ups to prevent the need for root canal treatment.

If you feel that your child has been negligently treated by their dentist and has failed to treat decay then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call on 0808 271 6955 or submit an online claim form.

Sources:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth/
https://dentallaw.co.uk/types-of-dental-injury-claim/tooth-decay/
https://dentallaw.co.uk/types-of-dental-injury-claim/restorative-dentistry-claims/root-canals/
https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-admitted-patient-care-activity/2018-19