Patients in the north Midlands are set to benefit from a £2.25m cash injection into NHS dental services.
There are a total of 39 NHS dental practices across the area with around 30,000 patients.
The main aim of the extra funding is to encourage more children, aged 0-2 to visit their dentist for a check up.
‘We are currently seeing a cavity crisis in pre-school children, which is leading to entirely avoidable tooth extractions,’ Sara Hurley, chief dental officer for England, said.
‘Regular visits to your dentist from a very early age is key to developing habits that lead to a lifetime of good oral health.
‘We are providing additional support to dentists to help them see more infants so that these painful and distressing interventions can be reduced.
‘Latest data show over 140 children per day, some just one-year-old, are having decayed teeth removed.
‘These statistics are now being tackled head on with a newly launched awareness programme supporting dentists across England to see more children from a young age and infants by the age of one.’
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