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1000 Cornish Children Have Teeth Pulled Every Year

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5:13pm 16th June 2014
(Updated 5:13pm 16th June 2014)

Pirate FM has learnt almost 1000 Cornish children a year end up at Treliske because of their teeth.

Kids are having them pulled out because they are already rotten.

It can cost more than £500 a time.

Experts have told us ninety-nine percent of cases could have been avoided.

Now a new scheme has launched to help 130 families stop decay.

Truro dental expert Neil McDonald tells us prevention is better than cure, he said: "To treat one child up at Treliske is at least £500, maybe £600 or even reaching £1000 and that is for a session lasting ten to fifteen minutes, it is very expensive for the health service and we can do better than that.

"Now we have got a problem, particularly with children in this area, we see up to 1000 children at Treliske to take teeth out while they are asleep every year, but we can do something about that because we know what causes tooth decay."

Andrew Wallis is in charge of keeping Cornish children healthy and safe.

He has been talking to dentists: "When I was in surgery I saw a seven year old having six teeth extracted for decay. It was quite a shocking experience. They explained to my why this could be preventable and it comes down to poor hygiene and brushing your teeth and poor diet, which leads to decay.

"How you get teeth out is by a pair of pliers and you pull them out. So as a parent myself it's made me think again that I must make sure my son's cleaning his teeth better ... not just being in the bathroom pretending to clean them."

Sessions will be held at Cornwall Council buidlings in the following towns:

St Austell, Monday AM, Woodland Rd

Penzance, Thursday AM/PM, Lescudjack

Helston, Tuesday am, Helston

Camborne, Tuesday PM, Rosemellin

Redruth, Wednesday PM, Redruth

Falmouth, Tuesday PM, The Park

Truro, Wednesday AM, Malabar

Bodmin, Monday AM, Bore St

Liskeard, Monday PM, Liskerret Centre

Launceston, Callington, Saltash & Torpoint outreach drop-ins, Monday AM, every 4 weeks


5:13pm 16th June 2014

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