|Hong Kong children need to learn more about the importance of healthy teeth|
What's even more shocking is that in March, experts said more than 90 percent of five-year-olds in Hong Kong with cavities did not get treatment because their parents weren't aware of it, and that many patients didn't see a dentist until they were in their 50s or older.
This is such a bizarre observation considering most Hong Kong people are very conscientious about their grooming habits. But obviously they have not been taught, either by their parents or at school, about the importance of good dental care.
Having clean teeth and healthy gums also indicate the overall health of the individual, as some health problems can be detected by a dentist looking in someone's mouth.
But there are probably the usual fears of visiting the dentist and being scared of the pain, or concerns about the cost, but many Hong Kong people don't understand the benefits and the necessity of checking in with a dentist at least once a year.
As Lo says the government needs to educate people about how teeth in good condition are a sign of a healthy body, just like washing hands.
The MTR these days makes public announcements of how people should use a tissue when they sneeze, and wash their hands frequently. Maybe adding that people should brush their teeth twice a day and floss should be added...