August 20, 2004

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Smile and the whole world grimaces at you

In the ongoing investigation into the dental health of China, the Standard reports that Hong Kong's population cannot afford to laugh at their Mainland cousins:

About one-third of Hong Kong's population could be toothless by the time they reach their golden age if they do not improve their dental hygiene...In the recent survey, conducted in March, more than 90 per cent of the 1,300 people aged between 18 and 44 interviewed had dental problems like cavities, periodontal [gum] diseases, sensitive teeth and tooth extractions. That translates to about 2.7 million people with dental problems.

"Hong Kong people may be too busy these days and don't spend more than a minute to brush their teeth.''

Hong Kong, with one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world, still has dental health problems closer to a Third World country than a modern nation.

The only people I know in Hong Kong with perfect teeth are on Cathay Pacific ads.

posted by Simon on 08.20.04 at 09:56 AM in the


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Guess you never really hear anyone say: Come on, give us a big kiss now! And use tongue!

posted by: Helen on 08.20.04 at 06:25 PM [permalink]

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