NHS figures show that more than a quarter of five-year-olds have some degree of tooth decay and in some areas of England it is well over a third with nearly 500 children a week are being admitted to hospital with rotten teeth.
It is now the main reason for youngsters needing hospital treatment and dentists say the culprits are fruit juice and fizzy drinks. Most children need between four and eight of their baby teeth extracted, although some are having all 20 taken out.
Only last month new NHS guidelines urged the public to slash sugar intake to as little as five teaspoons a day over concerns that it is to blame for rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Experts are also worried that sugar is behind an increase in tooth decay in children and could affect their ability to learn.
The NHS says women should limit themselves to between five and six teaspoons of sugar a day and men seven to eight.
Currently, Brits consume an average of 15 teaspoons daily.
A glass of fruit juice has five teaspoons of sugar while Coca-Cola has eight. This would take a person over the limit before even eating.
Separate figures from Public Health England show that 27 per cent of five-year-olds have tooth decay – rising to 35 per cent in the North West.
A spokesman for NHS England said: ‘Parents of young children should discourage them from drinking fizzy drinks.’
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