Health Campaign Needed To Fight Children’s Dental Problems
24 January 2013
Health Campaign Needed To
Fight Children’s Dental Problems
The result of
a Government report which reveals the extent of Kiwi
children’s dental problems is an embarrassment for a first
world country such as ours, says New Zealand First health
spokesperson Barbara Stewart.
statistics show 34,000 children under 14 had extractions in
2012. Waikato Hospital’s oral surgery department alone has
a waiting list of 100 children at any one time.”
Mrs Stewart says the question now is whether Health
Minister Tony Ryall will do anything to rectify the problem
given that small children are not responsible for their own
“There are obviously too many
parents who are blissfully unaware until it is too late that
consuming sugar in any form without cleaning teeth
afterwards can have disastrous consequences.
is time to invest in an urgent public health campaign –
along the lines of the smoke alarm campaign on television
– aimed at increasing parental awareness.
“Otherwise we’re faced with the prospect of on-going
costs, children suffering unnecessarily, and a generation of
toothless teenagers, said Mrs Stewart.
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