TV programme investigates child tooth decay
ITV’s Tonight documentary programme focused on child’s dental health last night (Thursday).
The programme details read: ‘There has been remarkable progress in dental health recently – yet a third of children in the UK have tooth decay by the time they start primary school.
‘Every year tens of thousands of them require hospital operations to remove their rotting teeth. Tonight investigates why this entirely preventable disease is still such a problem in 2012 and what can be done to eradicate it.’
The programme looked at several cases of children with poor dental health and investigated fluoride in the UK’s water system as well as Scotland’s Childsmile scheme that started in Glasgow and is now being rolled aout across the country, speaking to nurses who carry out fluoride varnishing in schools.
Dentists and expert interviewed included Paul Batchelor, consultant in public dental health, Professor Christopher Deery, from Sheffield’s Department of Paediatric Dentistry and chief dental officer for England, Barry Cockcroft.
For those who missed it, go to http://player.stv.tv/programmes/tonight/2012-03-15-1930/