Regular dental check ups are a great habit to get into, especially as a child.
Many of the dental negligence claims we see are in cases where the patient has not had regular care which inevitably leads to more severe dental conditions. This in turn means the treatment required is more invasive and complicated, and so there is more room for errors to be made.
More than 40% of children in England did not see a dentist last year, NHS statistics show - a figure the British Dental Association says is embarrassing. The BDA said regular dental check-ups were the key to preventing tooth decay in children and urged the government to invest in educating the public. Tooth decay remains the most common reason young children go to hospital. Guidelines recommend children see a dentist at least once a year.