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Dental health in Finland is suffering

April 26, 2005

I am sure Finland is not the only country where dental health has been declining… There is good reason for the Finnish press to assert this fact however. The incidence of gum disease has remained level, although there are more Finns who have it these days. The incidence of cavities has been going down since 1980. The consumption of candy and pop has exploded in the past few years and this has had noticeable effect on the dental health of Finns. Finnish women take better care of their teeth than Finnish men; and more highly-educated Finns have better dental health. Criticism has been fired at dentists for not telling their patients how to better take care of their teeth. (With notes from YLE24 News)

On the other hand…

Dentists have been clamouring for years to reintroduce the “candy tax” that was levied on candy sold in Finland until its abolition in the early 1990’s. (I cannot corroborate this fact at the time of writing, but I do know there was a candy tax in the past.) A reintroduction of the candy tax in Finland is something I could support – maybe it would help me control my sweet tooth! (Finnish Dental Association http://www.hammasll.fi/ – click In English to get to the English home pages)

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  1. Unknown permalink
    December 5, 2007 6:31 pm

    This is very interesting too me.  I thought that Fins had replaced regular sugar with xylitol?  If they had, the problems would not be so bad.   Obviously, Americans have a high consumption of sugars that cause them problems in these areas.
     
    Just last night a friend told me that she had something like 5 cavities.  Wow!  That’s a lot at one time. 
     
    What You Should Know about Gum Disease is an excellent book to help the layman with fighting against, stopping the progression of gum disease and preventing its return.
     
    One of the premier tools that I mention in my book is an oral irrigator. The one brand in particular that I use has the ability to decrease the amount of plaque and tartar build up in between office visits.  Plaque is the culprit that must be disrupted daily to prevent the bacteria from growing out of control. 
     
    You can’t necessarily stop people from drinking soda pop laden with sugar and acid, but you can do other things to help fight agains gum disease.
     
    Warm Regards,
     
    David

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