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Mum: Dried fruit led to five-year-old son's tooth decay

Five-year-old Stan had to have a tooth removed due to tooth decay.

Five-year-old Stan had to have a tooth removed due to tooth decay.

His mum Claire Donnelly said she did not give him fizzy drinks or fruit juice and thought Stan must have a "genetic dental problem" before her dentist suggested the decay was caused by the sugars in dried fruit.

She said "it was really horrible... One of the reasons it was so distressing is it was preventable and obviously as a parent your job is to do everything to look after them and to keep them healthy so you can't help thinking you've failed really".

According to the latest figures, one in three five-year-olds in England now have tooth decay. It is the most common cause of hospital admissions amongst five- to nine-year-old children, with more than 26,000 children admitted to hospital with tooth decay between 2014-2015.

The Department of Health says children's teeth are dramatically healthier than a decade ago but it still needs to improve.

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on Sunday 11 July 2015.

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