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Dental health: Experts call for strengthening community awareness

Dental health: Experts call for strengthening community awareness

Dentists provide free dental examination and consultation to students in Hai Duong province on World Oral Health Day, March 20 (Photo courtesy of NHOS)
Hanoi (VNA) - Health experts called for increasing community awareness on oral health and
prevention of dental diseases at a meeting organised by the National Hospital
of Odonto and Stomalogy (NHOS) on March
20.
Speaking at the event held to celebrate the
World Oral Health Day, March 20, NHOS Director
Trinh Dinh Hai urged more
attention to dental and oral health of the community, especially children.
“Over 90 percent of Vietnamese suffer from
dental diseases and 85 percent of Vietnamese children have tooth decay. Many dental and
oral diseases can cause nephritis syndrome or joint arthritis," Hai stressed.
“It would be very costly to provide dental and
oral disease treatment for the whole community due to the country’s high prevalence
rate. Therefore, preventive activities are the most important measure,” he
said.
“A pilot project has shown safe and effective
results of using fluoridised salt to prevent dental decay of the community in
mountainous Lao
Cai province since 2011. Expanding
the project soon to all provinces and cities nationwide is an important measure
in preventing dental and oral diseases for the 90 million people of Vietnam,” Hai
said.
He suggested dentists and relevant authorities
expand the school dental programme to protect dental health of students and to
maintain the fluoridised water supply progamme, which has achieved remarkable
results in dental decay prevention in HCM City since the early
1990s.
To mark the day, the health sector will
undertake a series of activities nationwide with a focus on strengthening
community awareness, especially targeting dental and oral healthcare of
children. Dentists will provide free dental examination and consultation to the
community, particularly at schools in tens of provinces and cities nationwide.
Several hospitals will provide free surgery to
children with cleft lip and cleft palate in the country. NHOS will
also donate dental chairs, medical tools and material to 15 primary schools in
Vinh Phuc,
Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau provinces.
A survey by NHOS found that two-thirds of
children aged between six and 14 have never undergone a dental check-up.
Worse still, 100 percent of primary school
students are not in the habit of brushing their teeth three times a day. There
is one dentist in Vietnam for 25,000 people, whereas in developed countries the rate is one per
1,000-2,000 people.-VNA
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