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Warning over children's teeth.

ST HELENS has the worst record for child tooth decay on Merseyside.

Levels of child tooth decay were revealed today by the British Dental Association.

The study showed that in St Helens the average five-year-old has 2 1 / decayed,missing or filled teeth, which puts them well above the average.

Parts of Liverpool and West Lancashire were also above average. Children in some areas had 2.3 teeth either decayed, missing or filled teeth at the age of five.

Wirral fared better with a rate of 1.86,and Bootle and Southport had a rate of 1.67.Warrington had a rate of 1.21.

The findings have led the BDA to call on MPs to support targeted water fluoridation to protect the nation's health, because people in areas where water supplies had been flouridated suffered less child tooth decay.
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