Dental problems afflict 80 percent of Chinese; most farmers never brush
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SHANGHAI (AFP) - At least 80 percent of Chinese adults have dental problems and 57 percent of rural Chinese -- or 500 million people -- have never brushed their teeth.
Experts from the National Leading Group for Dental Disease Prevention -- which launched a nationwide dental health campaign -- found that only 0.22 percent of China's adult population have good dental health, the Xinhua state news agency reported the group as saying Friday.
Statistics from a recent survey in Beijing also show that dental problems are a major threat to the health of elderly Chinese, as one fifth of senior citizens have never seen a dentist in their life, Xinhua said.
Over 60 percent of the people surveyed regarded loosing teeth tooth as only natural.
Meanwhile, less than two percent of Chinese adults go for routine checkups and teeth cleaning, Feng Xiping, who heads the committee for the study of epidemic dental diseases under the National Leading Group, announced in Shanghai Friday.
The group's nationwide dental health care campaign will provide free dental checkups for 120,000 citizens in 12 large and medium-sized cities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The campaign was launched in June and will last for three months.
haha have a read, 1/2 a billion people have never brushed their teeth..