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80% of 5-year-old’s in Taiwan have tooth decay


According to Taiwan’s Health Affairs Department, about 80% of the islands five-year-olds have dental cavities and the average number of cavities among twelve-year-olds is 2.5, compared to the worldwide average of 1.67.

The Department said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) set a target in the year 2000 to control the rate of decay among the children of Taiwan, aiming at less than 50%, which indicates that there is still a long way to go with dental health. It has been suggested that parents give their children less sweets and sugary treats, as well as encouraging them to brush twice a day to avoid decay. Good oral hygiene is vital if the teeth and gums are going to be kept in good condition; periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two most common dental problems in the country and they can led to other health concerns if they are left to deteriorate over a long period of time.

A study that took place in 2012 at China’s Ministry of Health showed that the number of children with cavities was lower than today, at 66% for five-year-olds, and 29% for twelve-year-olds. The numbers also revealed that only 14.5% of adults and 14.1% of senior citizens have healthy teeth, which suggests that a large percentage of the population have poor dental health.

New tooth sensor that could warn people when they have eaten too much


A new product that has been developed by scientists in Taiwan is designed to recognise when the wearer has eaten too much; the creators of the tooth sensor have said that it will ‘recognise human oral activities, such as chewing, drinking, speaking, and coughing.’ The most important aspect of the product is the accelerometer, which can distinguish between the separate movements and identify what is going on in the mouth at an accuracy of 94%.

The sensor is designed to replace a tooth that has been lost and the scientists say that this ‘has the advantage of being in proximity to where oral activities actually occur’, which contributes to its efficiency. Once the sensor has identified what oral action is taking place, this information can be correlated to suggest ways in which the wearer can improve their lifestyle to become healthier.

Although the technology is only at the prototype stage, researchers are already considering improvements that could pass the information wirelessly to a smart phone via Bluetooth, and they are also hoping to reduce the size of the sensor so that it could be fitted into a tooth cavity, therefore it would not need to replace the entire tooth structure. One of the team commented that ‘because the mouth is an opening into human health, this oral sensory system has the potential to enhance existing oral-related healthcare monitoring applications such as dietary tracking.’

Too much fruit juice a cause for emergency dentistry?


Fruit juice could lead to tooth decay, expert saysConsuming too much fruit juice may lead to people developing problems with their teeth, one expert has suggested, which could require emergency dentistry.

Dr Rosemary Leonard, writing for the Daily Express, advised readers that while drinks of this kind may provide part of a healthy diet, they can harm enamel and cause tooth decay.

“A glass of natural fruit juice may give you one of your five a day but, the acid it contains can damage your teeth,” she explained.

According to Dr Leonard, while saliva will help in washing away some of the acid, people should still only indulge in fruit juice at meal times.

It is particularly important not to brush teeth immediately after drinking such liquids, she added, as the enamel will have been softened by the acid and be more susceptible to damage.

Dentists in Taiwan were recently reported by the China Post as stating over-sized fast food could lead to emergency dentistry, with massive burgers proving particularly troublesome.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19898760-ADNFCR

Giant burgers ‘could lead to emergency dentistry’


Giant burgers 'could lead to emergency dentistry'Dentists from Taiwan have raised concerns over super-sized fast-food burgers causing damage to people’s jaws, which may require them to need emergency dentistry.

The experts have called for convenience food restaurants to label their products so the public are aware of the dangers of over-extending their mouths, the China Post reports.

Specialist Chen Yun-chih warned that trying to bite into a burger with a height of more than eight centimetres could cause injury to the mouth.

He explained that the temporomandibular joint – which connects the jaw and the bone in front of the ear – can be pulled excessively as a result of eating the large cuisine.

Hsu Ming-lun, associate professor at the School of Dentistry of National Yang-Ming University, described how numerous individuals had visited dental surgeries complaining of the condition after eating at two local fast-food outlets.

Experts at the Ontario Dental Association recently encouraged parents to make children’s teeth cleaning a fun exercise in order to instil good oral health practices in their offspring.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19889381-ADNFCR

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