Fri, Aug 25, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Too many cavities


The government should attach more importance to the oral health of school children given that the average 12-year-old child has more than three cavities, the Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China said yesterday. Chang Chin-shun (張進順), an association adviser on oral health, cited statistics as showing that the incidence of cavities in children below the age of five is as high as 89.5 percent. Twelve-year-old children have 3.31 cavities on average, said Chang, adding this was far short of the goal set by the WHO of 90 percent of children under five years old having no cavities and of 12-year-old children having no more than two cavities by the year 2010. Chang urged the government to pay attention to the worsening oral health of children and to pass the budget for a "five-year project for oral health" speedily.

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