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8% Of 3-Year-Olds Here Have Tooth Decay

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9:14am 30th September 2014

More than 8% of 3 year olds in the Dorset area are suffering from some sort of visible tooth decay.

The finding comes from the first ever national survey into the oral health of children in England.

The findings have been published by Public Health and show a dramatic variation in the prevalence of tooth decay across the county, ranging from 2% to 34%.

Dentist Doctor Mervyn Druian said it's up to parents to make sure their kids know how to brush properly;

"Sure enough 3, 4 and 5 year olds can't brush their teeth on their own.  The parents have to usually brush their teeth first and their kids brush their teeth and make it into a bit of a game, so it becomes part of everyday life."

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