Dental Caries (Children)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Photo of Sir Barnett Stross Sir Barnett Stross , Stoke-on-Trent Central 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

I agree completely that the reason for this deterioration must lie in faulty dietetic habits and that the question of dental repair and the use of dentists is secondary rather than primary in bringing about a solution of this problem, but has the Parliamentary Secretary noted that this process is apparent not only in Staffordshire and London but also in Scandinavian countries? What does the hon. Gentleman propose to do to see that we have the type of health education which will allow mothers to know how they should feed their children—for example, whether they should give them as many sweets as they do, or avoid the white bread which is now provided?