Statistics from the NHS Information Centre reveal there has been a drop in the number of children visiting an NHS dentist.
Abby Bowman, from Simplyhealth comments: "It is vital that parents take their children for regular check-ups to ensure good oral health into adulthood. Children should be taken to the dentist as soon as their first teeth appear, yet almost half of parents are taking their children for their first dental visit too late. This could be a contributing factor to these latest statistics. Children under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 and in fulltime education are entitled to free NHS dentistry. If parents are unable to register their children with an NHS dentist then there is support available to help meet the cost of private dentistry.”