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A report by Teeth Team has revealed 579 children, including 15 two-year-olds and 112 youngsters aged five, have undergone general anaesthetics, at a cost of £416,000. The two-year-olds had to undergo “multiple extractions” caused by tooth decay as parents persist on giving babies and toddlers bottles filled with fruit juice and sugary drinks despite the damage to teeth.

Now, Teeth Team is calling for the introduction of fluoride varnish targeted at children aged three to 11 in Hull’s most deprived areas to be included in the oral health plan currently under consideration by Hull City Council.