A new study found that a whopping 128,000 kids had their teeth pulled in England since 2011.
Tens of thousands of kids are getting their teeth pulled in England every single year, and that number is only going up.
The new figures indicate that the number of kids who had teeth yanked because they were decaying increased for the fourth straight year, and there has been a rise of nearly 10 percent in hospital admissions for children who have severe tooth decay, according to a Guardian report.
More than 128,000 age 10 and under have had at least one tooth removed since 2011, and 14,445 children age 5 and under have been admitted to the hospital between April 2014 and last March, as well as 19,336 cases of children between 6 and 10 years of age also being admitted during that period.
That is an alarming rate of tooth extraction, and it’s even worse for those who are in an area of deprivation — five times worse, in fact.
Tooth decay is not just a problem because it’s distressing, but it has big social and financial implications as well, said Prof. Nigel Hunt, the dean of the dental surgery faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, according to the report. He said it is important that health officials address this problem aggressively.
He added that about 40 percent of children don’t visit a dentist every year, and that’s a problem because regular visits are the best way to stop problems before they become serious, especially tooth decay.
Health experts estimate that about a third of five-year-olds in the country are suffering from some form of tooth decay. It’s the most common reason for hospitalization of 5 to 9 year olds. Since tooth decay is entirely preventable, this is certainly a fixable issue.