As a dental-care educator and provider or early years gum & toothcare products, we're saddened to see these figures.

Children up to the age of 5 are 'falling through the gap'. Health professionals and parents alike are unsure of when they should take a child to the dentist.

The excellent BSPD Dental Check by One campaign is seeking to address this.

Brush-Baby promote the importance of looking after a child's oral welfare from the day that it's born and advocate looking after gums and teeth as soon as possible.

We're trying to get the message out there and our information and products are available in a retail setting but still need the support of dental professionals and a change in the mindset or parents and professionals that 'baby teeth do matter'. Look after them now and they will look after you!