Lapus Tells Dental Colleges to Focus on Oral/dental Health of Public School Children

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Lapus Tells Dental Colleges to Focus on Oral/dental Health of Public School Children


DENTAL colleges across the country have been urged to give special focus on public school children’s oral/dental health to improve their general health and learning abilities.“Our colleges and universities offering dental courses should give preferential attention to our public school children. They should focus their studies and clinical practice on how to respond to the oral health needs of our school children,’’ Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said during the turnover ceremony of the National Oral Health Survey (NOHS).Lapus made the call after noting that oral diseases have not been given sufficient attention because they are considered non-life threatening.Citing results of the NOHS, Lapus said that some 97 per cent of six-year old school children and 82 per cent of 12-year olds have poor dental habits.The NOHS was conducted from Nov. 2005 to February 2006. It included a total of 4, 052 schoolchildren from the country’s 17 regions.The study also showed that only 26 percent of all 12-year olds examined presented sounded gums, 74 per cent of the children had bleeding gums and/or calculus caused by lack of oral hygiene habits, specifically lack of regular tooth brushing.Each child respondent was also found to have had an average of 3. …

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