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Dental health neglected by over 60 % of Indians

r> The survey also revealed that nearly 24 per cent of consumers suffered from toothache in the past one year and 96 per cent were aware of the problem, but only as few as 35% have taken treatment from a dentist.

In addition to attitudes, the survey also tracked usage patterns and almost 30% were found not using any modern oral care products, the number being higher in rural areas. As far as brushing habits go, over 50% of rural India does not use a toothbrush to clean teeth while over 75% of toothpaste users brush once or less than once a day.

These usage and attitudes only stresses the importance of how far we need to go in terms of imparting health education regarding oral hygiene. The goal however, cannot be achieved without active community participation
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