Taiwan Dental Association boosts awareness of periodontal disease
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Neglecting oral health and not attending to issues such as cavities may lead to periodontal diseases and other oral disorders, said members of the Taiwan Dental Association (TDA).
August 30, 2013, 11:51 am TWN
According to statistics of the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), 47 percent of the nation's population over 12 years of age have lost an average of 5.6 teeth. The numbers reach as high as 14.8 in those above 65 years old.
In a press conference held on Thursday, an official of the TDA said that the medical community has attached importance to the gravity of periodontal disease. He indicated that periodontal disease is close to other systemic diseases, especially diabetes. Not only do diabetics have higher possibilities of suffering periodontal disease, but two diseases also commonly coexist and worsen the effects of one another. A report by the Health Promotion Administration indicates that almost 18 million people have varying degrees of periodontal disease. Citizens have been urged to take periodontal disease seriously or face serious repercussions.
Another senior official of the TDA emphasized that oral health should be a primary focus for the youth since children do not yet have their adult teeth. The official said some young parents ignore the importance of oral hygiene and the role they should play in their children's health. The official also said that some parents have the misconception that oral health is not a major concern while their children still have baby teeth, even though oral hygeine is of vital importance, even for young children.
The MOHW has established a new department to deal specifically with oral health. The TDA believes the central government must place a focus on the issue. In order to support the government's efforts and the hard work put in by the dental community, the TDA is launching a nationwide campaign to promote oral hygiene awareness.
The campaign will be held in Taichung in August, in Yilan and Miaoli in September, in Taipei, New Taipei and Hualien in October, and in Kaohsiung in November.