07 Apr '11, 5am

Most S'poreans suffer from gum disease

Most S'poreans suffer from gum disease

SINGAPORE: A whopping 85 per cent of Singaporeans aged 20 and above have suffered from gum disease, a recent Nielsen survey found. The survey involved some 300 Singaporeans aged between 16 and 55 years old. It showed that 65 per cent of Singaporeans do not visit the dentist at least twice a year. Forty-three per cent only seek checkups upon experiencing dental problems. In addition, 18 per cent do not brush their teeth twice daily on a regular basis. The survey also found that 31 per cent do not replace their toothbrushes every three months. Meanwhile, 66 per cent of those surveyed said they would not date someone with bad breath. To educate people on good oral hygiene, Singapore's Health Promotion Board is supporting a series of roadshows across the island in places like Tampines, Ang Mo Kio and Raffles Place. The public can get free dental screenings at the roadshows, wh...

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