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Shocking Numbers of Kids Have Tooth Decay!

teeth, health, smile, dentistA study by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at The Royal College of Surgeons reveals that 34,205 UK children below the age of 10 years in England required hospital treatment under general anaesthetic for tooth decay in the period of one year between April 2016 and March 2017.

In fact, twice as many kids had hospital treatment for dental cavities compared to those with broken arms. This fact is shocking for health experts. It has been described as a scandal. Tooth decay is almost always preventable.

The study findings revealed that overall 45,224 children and teenagers from infancy to 19 years of age required hospital treatment for tooth decay in 2016/17. The youngest patient was less than a year old.

These findings support and give credence to the campaign by the British Society of Pediatric Dentistry emphasizing the need for children to get a dental checkup before attaining the age of one. Approximately four in five children between the age of one and two years have not seen a dentist in the previous year..


There are a number of things that can be done to avoid going through distressing extractions and other dental treatments to save decayed teeth.

Children should consume less sugar to protect their teeth.

Parents should ensure that their children are regularly brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste.

Lastly, parents should take their children for routine dental visits so that good dental health is maintained. These dental visits over the first few years of life help children and parents to learn about good oral health practice.


At Balsall Common Dental Practice we see children under four years old free with other children and students seen as members of our child membership plan.

We focus our efforts on preserving dental health and preventing decay and infections. I am pleased to sat we are very good at it! We look after about 1000 children and students and less than 2% of them have suffered any tooth decay at all. This compares very favourably with the national average decay rates in children which show decay affecting 25% of 5 year olds and 50% of 15 year olds in the country.

We offer 6 months free membership of our child dental plan to new patients. You can download a voucher to access this offer here.

6 months free child plan




Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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