Kerry One Of The Worst Performing Areas For School Children’s Dental Screening

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Irish Dental Association

Irish Dental Association

KERRY has been listed as one of the worst performing areas in the country for dental screening of school children.

The Irish Dental Association say each year in Ireland 10,000 children under 15 are being hospitalised for dental extractions under general anesthetic. This is five times higher than the UK average.

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has disputed this, saying the figure is closer to 3,600.

The worst performing areas listed with Kerry are Galway city and county, Laois, Offaly and parts of Co Cork.

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The Irish Dental Association has described the revelations as a national disgrace and has blamed cuts from the previous and current government to oral health policy.

“The figures were off the scale,” said President of the IDA Anne Twomey. “Ninety five per cent of these cases would have been avoidable if they had been detected and treated earlier.” she said.

“The reason they weren’t is because of Government cuts to family dental supports since 2010, the constant undermining of what had been a highly effective schools screening service and the fact that too many of our young people have a poor diet containing too much sugar,” she said.

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