Senior dental surgeon highlights rotting teeth risk among children

Senior dental surgeon highlights rotting teeth risk. Credit: PA

A senior dental surgeon has said that sugary drinks and food should carry cigarette-style warning pictures to highlight the risk of the products rotting children's teeth.

Dean of the Royal College of Surgeons' dental faculty Professor Nigel Hunt told the Sunday Times there was a crisis in the number of children who need to have rotten teeth removed.

The Sunday Times reported that hospitals are running extra operations at evenings and weekends to deal with the 46,500 children admitted each year to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic after they are decayed by sugar.Mr Hunt called for fizzy drinks and sweets to be labelled with stark warnings as is the case with tobacco products.