Calling on the tooth fairy

    First teeth

    A recent study has shocking results for our children’s teeth. Nearly a quarter of five year olds have tooth decay, according to an analysis by Public Health England.

    The survey showed that 27% of all five year olds had tooth decay, though this number had decreased since 2008.

    Prof Kevin Fenton, director of health at Public Health England said: “This latest survey shows the numbers of five-year-olds free from tooth decay have improved but there is still much to do.

    “Parents should brush their children’s teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.”

    “Also supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.”

    We may need to recruit the tooth fairy to do some extra work…