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One in two Singapore kids has rotten teeth: Report

Published on May 14, 2014 6:54 AM

More than half of all children in Singapore have one or more rotten teeth by the time they start primary school.

This is a worrying trend because bacteria from their milk teeth can affect the development of their permanent teeth.

That is why the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is introducing oral care programmes to pre-primary children, starting in August. HPB said it plans to reach out to children in all childcare centres within five years.

A report on the oral health of schoolchildren found that the proportion of children with dental caries at the age of seven had gone up from 47.6 per cent in 2003, to 50.6 per cent last year.

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