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80 percent of 5-year-olds suffer from tooth decay

TAIPEI -- Nearly 80 percent of five-year-old children in Taiwan suffer from tooth decay, higher than the 50 percent goal set by the World Health Organization, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said yesterday.

The HPA said the prevalence of tooth decay among 5-year-olds in Taiwan is 79.3 percent, and the decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) index for 12-year-olds is 2.5 teeth, higher than the global average of 1.67 teeth, the HPA said, citing statistics.

The figures indicate Taiwan has plenty of room for improvement in preventing cavities among children, it said.

HPA Director General Chiou Shu-ti suggested that parents give children fewer sweets or sugary beverages as snacks or rewards and have their children brush their teeth at least twice daily.

She also advised using toothpaste with fluoride and having children get their teeth cleaned and have fluoride varnish applied by a dentist once every six months.

1 Comment
December 23, 2013    fenggegecn@
Tooth Decay is a disease that causes damage to the tooth structure. It attacks people of all ages but children are mainly get affected by this disease. When we eat any food, the food debris gets stuck into the teeth and if we do not remove them, it causes tooth decay. Different types of food cause tooth decay in children. The food that are highly carbohydrates such as some fruit juice, fruits, candy, peanut, potato chips, and crackers etc. are the main cause of tooth decay. If children consume this kind of food very frequently and if the food materials remains in their mouth, then the chances of cavities remains high. Dentists believe that the kids who eat too much soda and not enough nutritional beverages are prone to tooth decay and also in later life they get affected by some serious disease such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Drinking of carbonated soft drinks regularly can cause cavities in enamel. If the enamel breakdown leads to cavities then pain occurs in the teeth and this can cause nerve infection.From:
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