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Ministers were accused of being ‘short-sighted’ by not taking children’s oral health more seriously. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA. NHS surgeons are performing record numbers of operations to pull out rotten teeth in children. Hospitals extracted multiple teeth from children and teenagers in England a total of 42,911 times – 170 a day – in 2016-17, according to statistics obtained by the Local Government Association. That is almost a fifth (17%) more than the 36,833 of those procedures that surgical teams carried out in 2012-13. Each one involves a child having a general anaesthetic and at least two teeth removed. “These statistics are a badge of dishonour for health ministers, who have fail... Full story

13 January