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What have you read about dentistry in the news?
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I was intrigued by a news article describing the increasingly high volume of hospital extractions in children. These are almost all caused by tooth decay, and I recall the figure to be over 100 hospital extractions a day in the UK. Following that, I did some online research and found an article in the British Dental Journal which provided further detail. The research highlighted that there was variation in rates of decay in different parts of the UK, pointing to significant health inequalities. I fell that this is particularly concerning, as tooth decay is a preventable disease, which can be tackled by both dentists directly by promoting good oral health and diet. Secondly, dentists should advocate for public health measures such as sugar taxation, and more oral health education in schools, especially in underprivileged districts.