Dr Miller discusses surging tooth decay, causing more kids requiring treatment under General Anaesthetic
Recent figures have shown that Child dental health is going backwards, as figures showing 630 children aged 0-3 had to be admitted to hospital in South Australia for dental treatment under general anaesthetic in the 2015-16 financial year. Over 2,500 children under the age of 8 were hospitalised for Dental Treatment, which is a 55% increase in a decade.
The importance of limiting consumption of sugary food and drinks and avoiding bottled water without fluroide is also emphasised.
Poor tooth brushing frequency and technique can also influence the development of Children's teeth, refinorcing the importance of brushing twice a day. Parents should look to assist their children with brushing until the age of nine, at which point they should be able to brush adequately on their own.
Eligible families are encouraged to take advantage of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which is a dental program for children aged 2-17 years that provides up to $1000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services over a 2 year period. For more information on this program, click here.
Below is the Channel 10 News piece (18/7/17) with commentary from Dr Miller.
The Advertiser News Article
Dr Miller's Radio Interview on ABC NewsRadio National