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Twelve per cent of toddlers have tooth decay

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12 per cent of three year olds suffer from tooth decay, says PHE

The survey showed that rates of tooth decay varied dramatically across the country, ranging from two per cent in some areas to 34 per cent in others. It also found that children affected by the condition had an average of three decayed teeth. PHE has highlighted the role sugary food and drink plays in causing tooth decay, and recommended a diet that limits the amount of food and drink high in sugar.

Dr Sandra White, director of dental public health at PHE, said: 'Tooth decay is an entirely preventable disease, which can be very painful and even result in a child having teeth removed under general anaesthetic, which is stressful for children and parents alike.'

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