Over 50% Indians suffer from tooth problems

Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: Over 50 percent of Indians suffer from tooth decay problems and nearly 77 percent have not visited the dentist in the past one year, a study revealed.

"Nearly 53 percent Indians suffer from common tooth problems such as bleeding gums, bad breath, sensitive teeth, receding gums and decayed teeth," revealed a nation-wide study by AC Nielsen.

The study also showed that only 23 percent of Indian mothers are aware about the importance of taking children to the dentist at least once every six months.

The survey highlights the lack of awareness on oral care.

"People feel that pain is the only symbol of tooth decay, but that is wrong. A regular visit to the doctor is required for everybody," said Harsh Raheja, head of department of dental care at a private hospital here.

"Simple ways for oral care are brushing teeth twice a day, and visiting the dentist on a monthly basis," added Raheja.

The study also revealed that 82 percent believe that they need to visit a dentist only after they experience oral problems.

IANS