Readers' letters - January 19

Who's to blame for rise in children's dental problems?

Friday, 19th January 2018, 1:47 pm
Updated Friday, 19th January 2018, 2:50 pm
Parents and the loss of NHS dentistry are to blame for the state of childrens teeth says a correspondent

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Who’s to blame for rise in children’s dental problems?

There was an interesting item on BBC Breakfast about the parlous state of many children’s teeth, with examples given of teenagers needing dentures. Naturally the government carries some responsibility and, of course, parents. I see children on the school run eating crisps and drinking fizzy drinks for breakfast. I see them buying energy drinks in shops. Some only seem to drink fizzy drinks. And eventually, as I expected, the talk got to the responsibility of teachers. Here we go again. They’re expected to be nutritionists, mental health promoters, fitness trainers, discipline setters, police, paramedics and on and on these days, then? The recent breakdown in society is entirely their fault and not the Tories? Give them a break. The parents are to blame, no contest. That and the loss of NHS dentistry.R KimbleAddress supplied

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