Children and adolescents have healthier teeth

29. september 2010  
Filed in News

The efforts of the children and ungdomstandplejen are now bearing fruit, and new figures from the Danish Health and medicines authority shows that the tandsundheden getting better and better for the country's children and young people. The new figures show that around three out of ten 18-year-old never felt the dentist's drill in a tooth. In 1990 it was one out of every ten 18-year-old who had never had the holes in the teeth that required treatment with boron.

Among the 18-year-old, who has been treated holes in the teeth, most people only put fillings in up to four tooth surfaces. Also we are talking here about a significant improvement in comparison to 1990.

For the 15-year-old is it possible to follow the development all the way back to 1980/81. At that time they had a 15-year-olds in the average fillings in 13,2 tooth surfaces. The new figures from the Danish Health and medicines authority shows that the equivalent figure measured in 2009 is 2,33.

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Three out of ten children have never been drilled in his teeth

Measured on the regions is tandsundheden among children and young people in the Capital Region followed by the Region of Zealand and Region Midtjylland. The north denmark Region and Region southern denmark are respectively fourth and fifth place.

Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen welcomes the positive development, but warns at the same time to downgrade the efforts of the children and ungdomstandplejen.

– I have no doubt that the major prevention effort in the development of children and ungdomstandplejen have contributed to the fact that children and young people have such healthy teeth in a day. But even if the average figures are good, there are unfortunately still children, who have many gaps in the teeth. And then we got new tandsundhedsproblem, namely, acid injuries of the tooth enamel as a result of the ever greater consumption of cola and other soft drinks, says Susanne Andersen.

According to tandlægernes president has some children use to get to the dentist very often, while children with healthy teeth and gums, by their dentist, are assessed to have a check-up with 1-2 year intervals.

Efforts are now much more targeted and customized than back when you called all of every sixth month, says Susanne Andersen.