It is not all smiles for China's elderly, who have lost an average of 11 teeth after turning 65, a Chinese Health Ministry study showed.
The study said 7 percent of Chinese over 65 have no teeth left.
About 98.4 percent of Chinese elderly between 65 and 74 suffer from tooth decay, and nearly 92 percent of them do not receive treatment.
"As the Chinese population ages, dental health must not be neglected," said Qi Xiaoqiu, an official from the Health Ministry.
The survey showed that dental health was better for people who live in cities than for people in the countryside, and that women had better teeth than men.
Chinese people's dental health has not gotten much better even with China's quick economic growth, Qi said.
1. the elderly n.
長者 (zhang2 zhe3)
例: The elderly in Taiwan can be seen playing chess and practicing tai chi in the park.
2. tooth decay n.
蛀牙 (zhu4 ya2)
例: You have to brush your teeth often to prevent tooth decay.
3. dental adj.
牙齒的 (ya2 chi3 de5)
例: In some countries, dental care is so expensive that most people don't see the dentist.
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