Survey: More Than Half Of South Korea Population Do Not Brush Teeth After Lunch

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South Korea is taking dental health seriously.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health and Welfare published an official report on South Korea’s dental health. The survey revealed that more than half of the population of adults in South Korea do not have the habit of brushing their teeth after lunch.

The annual Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was conducted on people who are aged 19 and above. 51.7 percent of the respondents indicated they do not brush their teeth after lunch. The survey also revealed a surprising low number of 16.6 percent who had gone to dental cleaning in 2015.

Towards 2021, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will be working to improve the number of people brushing their teeth after lunch to at least 62 percent, compared to the current 48.3 percent. It also wants to increase the population of going for annual dental cleaning to 20 percent, against the current 16.6 percent.

In South Korea, dental cleaning is heavily subsidized under the National Health Insurance. Each dental cleaning costs only 16,000 won (US$14.20) after the insurance deduction.

According to an article released by the American Dental Association in June 2013, it recommended that “high-risk patients would likely benefit from more frequent dental visits, while low-risk patients may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. “ It will be necessary for every patient to discuss with a dentist to determine the number of cleanings per year for optimal dental health.

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