Over 200,000 children awaiting dentist visits

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The number of children who are behind in their dental visits has risen to over 200,000.

A large number of these children missed their free routine dental check-ups due to Covid-19.

Auckland has hit a record high and health authorities warn it’ll take over a year to catch up.

Currently, in Auckland 186,000 primary and intermediate school children are overdue a visit to the dentist – that’s two-thirds of all those enrolled.

Parents who can afford it are encouraged to pay for their kids to see a private dentist.

The New Zealand Dental Association is worried children’s tooth decay is going untreated.

How to know if you need to see a dentist

  • Any pain when eating.
  • Sensitivity.
  • Avoiding eating on any teeth or a difference in eating patterns.
  • If you see any brown spots or any marks on the teeth.
  • Bleeding gums.

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