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Guidelines for reducing cavities

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National Guidelines for reducing cavities

Some Norwegian children still have a lot of cavities in their teeth. Where in Norway you live is playing a part. For the first time, national guidelines regarding dental care for children are introduced.

 

The first part of the National Professional Guidelines for Dentistry, aimed at Children and Youngsters aged 0-20, is launched this autumn. It is a follow-up of the guide for adults that has been introduced already.

– We do not want there to be such big differences, says Director General in the Directorate of Health, Per Magne Mikaelsen.

Cavities in the north

Last year’s figures show that in Finnmark only 18 per cent have no cavities. That means that over 80 per cent of the youth has had or have cavities.

The youth in Hedmark have the best dental health. Here, more than 37 per cent of 18-year-olds have never had a cavity. The situation is very good in Møre og Romsdal, Sogn and Fjordane, Akershus and Oslo as well, where over 30 per cent never experienced the dentist’s drill.

The average for Norway shows that 27 per cent of today’s 18-year-olds have never had a filling in their teeth.

The guidelines from the Directorate of Health will ensure that treatment will be the same no matter where in Norway you live.

President of the Norwegian Dental Association, Camilla Hansen Steinum, says that some of the geographical differences can be explained by the fact that it previously was a lack of dentists in Norway.

– Today we have good coverage and the differences are no longer so big, she says.

Social differences

Norwegian 18-year-olds have increasingly good dental records.

– But it can be even better. We see that 10 per cent of the 18-year-olds – in one third of the counties – have lost, had cavities or been exposed to the drill in nine teeth or more. We want the youngsters to reach adulthood with the best possible dental health. The foundation is laid in the early years, says Director General Mikaelsen.

He adds that poor dental health affects individuals or groups more than before. Therefore, the measures are intensified to reach the vulnerable.

The Directorate of Health’s guidelines for dental care for children and youngsters are launched in two stages. The second part, which regards children with health challenges, will be ready next year.

In addition to leveling out geographic differences, the guidelines will make sure that there are no differences made based on social standing and eliminate uncertainty about what one’s rights are.

Facts about dental health among Norwegian 18-year-olds

The county wise list on dental health among Norwegian 18-year-olds shows how many per cent have more than nine cavities and how many per cent have none. The list is compiled by Statistics Norway and sorted by the proportion of youngster with zero cavities.

CountyCavities2015 %2017 %

Hedmark

None2937
>975

Møre og Romsdal

None1832
>9134

Sogn og Fjordane

None2732
>9107

Akershus

None2631
>965

Oslo

None2730
>986

Oppland

None2529
>987

Buskerud

None2528
>966

Østfold

None2627
>986

Sør-Trøndelag

None2227
>9108

Rogaland

None1925
>9118

Nord-Trøndelag

None2024
>91310
Aust-AgderNone1923
>91010

Hordaland

None1922
>91110

Vest-Agder

None1922
>91210

Troms

None1922
>91110

Vestfold

None2022
>9109

Telemark

None1721
>91111

Nordland

None1721
>91210

Finnmark

None1118
>91511

Overall

None2227
>9108

 

 © NTB scanpix / #Norway Today

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