Dentist’s tooth decay pledge

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A Brighouse dentist is pledging to tackle child tooth decay after figures revealed the shocking state of dental health among many of the UK’s children.

A survey has reported that more than a half of 12-year-old children have high levels of tooth decay.

The survey results are a worry and it’s obvious high levels of decay and anxiety are down to eating too much sugar from snacks, sweets, and fizzy drinks. - Dr Kirrin Punia

The new owners of the expanding Fresh Smile Clinic, on High Street, have recently invested more than £100,000 into the facility and have recruited a full team of health professionals to meet demand and provide affordable first class dental care.

Principal Dentist Dr Kirrin Punia said: “The survey results are a worry and it’s obvious high levels of decay and anxiety are down to eating too much sugar from snacks, sweets, and fizzy drinks. This is causing an unrestrained level of disrepair.

“This report shows that almost half of 15-year-olds have decay in their teeth, and this will be having a big impact on their day-to-day lives. It’s not a laughing matter, and we’re proud to be doing our bit in the Calder Valley.”

Speaking during a visit to the Fresh Smile clinic, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has said he is extremely worried about high levels of tooth decay and has praised the clinic’s offer to give free treatment to children and young people under the age of 18 in the Calder Valley.

Mr Whittaker, who is bidding to defend the Calder Valley seat at next month’s General Election, said: “The fact that a large number of children don’t feel comfortable smiling and laughing because of the state of their teeth is very sad and it’s great to see one of our established dentists is taking the issue seriously and offering free treatment for under 18s.

“Great businesses are one of Brighouse and Calder Valley’s greatest assets, and we need to ensure the best possible dental health care for everyone. Good dental habits need to be encouraged from as early an age as possible by parents, carers and dental practices alike.”