Half of all Thai kids have tooth decay
- Published: 24/12/2012 at 10:26 AM
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Half of Thai children are suffering from tooth decay, with children in the South faring the worst, the Health Department says.
Results from a department survey showed that 50% of children nationwide have tooth decay.
Sixty five percent of children in the four southernmost provinces of Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat had tooth decay - the highest regional rate.
The survey also found that one in 10 elderly people had no teeth.
The Central Plains region and the South had the highest rates of total toothlessness, the department reported.
It also said that more than half of the elderly in the South had untreated tooth decay and were at risk of losing their teeth.
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has set aside 1.045 billion baht for the 2013 fiscal year to treat dental health problems, the department said, adding the Public Health Ministry has also allocated another 1 billion baht for dental health treatment.
Between next year and 2015, the department plans to install dentures for 9,000 elderly toothless people in Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat under the royal-sponsored artificial dentures project.
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