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It might not be a surprise but the latest figures found 45.3% of 12-year-old children in the city have experienced tooth decay, compared to an England average of 17.5% in 2008/09.

There are many causes of poor dental health, which include diet, poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist, the British Dental Association (BDA) said.

Recent results published by Public Health England show that Leicester’s five year olds have the highest rate in tooth decay in England, indeed it shows that over 50% of our children have tooth decay.

The good news is that tooth decay is entirely preventable by eating a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and un-processed starchy carbohydrates (like potatoes, brown pasta and brown rice) and restricting sugary food to mealtimes, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting your Leicester dentist regularly.

What you can do to look after your oral health?

There are lots of simple things that you can do to look after your oral health:

• Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day – once in the morning and especially before bed

• Make sure you brush your teeth and gums

• After brushing, spit out – don’t rinse

• Eat a healthy balanced diet

• Try to limit the number of sugary drinks and food you have and restrict them to meal times

• Stop smoking, visit the stop smoking page for more information

• Restrict the amount of alcohol you drink, visit the alcohol page for more information

• Visit a dentist regularly – Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to good oral health by preventing things from happening or getting worse.

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