Nearly 86% of Vietnamese children suffer from dental problems

VOV.VN - Up to 86.4% of Vietnamese children between the ages of six and eight have tooth decay, according to a survey announced recently by the Vietnam Odonto Stomatology Association.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Cao Binh, president of the Vietnam Odonto Stomatology Association, pointed out that a shortage of dentists and fluorine deficiency in drinking water could be the main factors contributing to cavities.

A general lack of professional doctors and people’s hesitation to go to see the dentist result in the high percentage of people suffering from tooth decay, he explained.

To mark World Oral Health Day on March 20, the Vietnam Odonto Stomatology Association, in co-ordination with P/S from Unilever Vietnam, will hold a meeting and a walk at Ecopark urban area in the northern province of Hung Yen on March 18, hoping to draw the participation of 1,500 people.

Moreover, a series of activities nationwide will focus on strengthening community awareness, especially targeting dental and oral health care of children. So far, around 40 clinics across the country have registered to participate in the programme, during which dentists will provide free dental examination and consultation to the community.

To prevent tooth decay, both adults and children nationwide are advised to brush their teeth at least twice a day, or after meals, and to go to see a dentist every six months.

World Oral Health Day is observed annually on March 20 to raise public awareness of issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene. It also promotes governments, health associations, and the general public working together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.

Organised by FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day involves campaigns put together by national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries, including Vietnam.

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