More than a quarter of five-year-olds in Coventry and Warwickshire have badly rotting teeth, according to new figures.
Shocking statistics have revealed the proportion of five-year-olds in Coventry with tooth decay was 28.4 per cent in 2014/15, although this has fallen from 30.3 per cent in 2011/12.
Across the border in Warwickshire the percentage of youngsters with tooth decay had reached their highest levels in at least seven years.
In the county, 26.3 per cent of five-year-olds had obvious tooth decay in 2014/15, the highest level since measurements taken in 2007/08, when it was 20.6 per cent.
The figures are above the national average with the proportion of five-year-olds across England with tooth decay falling.
The numbers show the proportion has dropped from 31 per cent in 2007/08 to 27.8 per cent in 2011/12, and to 24.8 per cent in 2014/15.
The figures, which show the percentage of examined five-year-olds who are free from obvious dental decay, come from the Dental Public Health Epidemiology Programme for England: Oral Health Survey of Five-Year-Old Children.
Public Health England (PHE) says tooth decay is a predominantly preventable disease.
However, significant levels remain, resulting in pain, sleep loss, time off school and, in some cases, treatment under general anaesthetic.
It is hoped the figures will encourage local authorities to focus on and prioritise oral health and oral health improvement initiatives to reduce tooth decay.
Dr Sandra White, director of dental public health at PHE, said: “One child with tooth decay is one too many and there is still much inequality in dental health around the country.
“Tooth decay is painful and too often results in teeth extraction, some under general anaesthetic.
We can stop tooth decay in its tracks.
“Limiting sugary food and drink, supporting children to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and regular trips to the dentist, will help prevent a great many more children suffering at the hands of tooth decay.”
so forcibly medicating us without our consent all these decades with that toxic by-product fluoride has been a total waste of time then.
"The substance added to our drinking water is called hydrofluorosilicic acid. It is a toxic waste substance created from the production of aluminum, fertilizer, steel and nuclear industries. It's not the natural element of fluoride, again, it's industrial toxic waste."