A national “sugar addiction” is feared to be driving a spike in the number of children forced to undergo operations to remove teeth.

Nearly 43,000 children underwent hospital surgery to remove multiple teeth last year – equating to 170 a day, latest figures show.

An NHS England spokeswoman said:”NHS dental care for children is free, and tooth decay is preventable, buteating sugary food and drinks is driving this unfortunate and unnecessaryepidemic of extractions.

– Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board

This concerning trend shows there is an urgent need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction which is causing children’s teeth to rot.

“NHS England is working with thedental profession, local authorities and health providers and has developedStarting Well – a campaign targeted at high-need communities to help childrenunder five see their dentist earlier and improve their dental health.”

The LGA has said that councils should be able to help decide how to spend the income from a new 5% levy on sugary drinks to help tackle the problem.

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