Written Answers. - Dental Health.

John Gormley

Question:

297 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Health and Children if he can make available figures of the tooth brushing habits here and those in other countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7384/01]

In 1999, the World Health Organisation published an international survey of health behaviour in school aged children in 28 countries. The results of this survey show that Ireland is in the bottom quarter of the following table for students who report brushing their teeth more than once a day.

The first national survey of the oral health of Irish adults conducted in 1989-90 shows that over 80% of adults aged over 16 years claimed to brush their teeth more than once a day. The second national survey of adult dental health is under way in health boards. This will be followed by a national survey of children's dental health that will be undertaken in the later half of this year.

Students who reported brushing their teeth more than once a day (%)

Country

11 Years old

Female

Male

13 Years old

Female

Male

15 Years old

Female

Male

Sweden

88

82

90

81

92

82

Denmark

85

80

88

79

88

78

Switzerland

84

78

84

77

89

73

Germany*

82

69

79

66

82

66

USA

75

65

81

66

82

63

England

76

62

82

60

84

64

Norway

72

65

74

62

82

64

Czech Republic

73

60

73

54

77

56

Austria

73

58

74

55

79

61

Northern Ireland

75

55

76

50

84

56

Russian Federation*

72

56

70

57

74

53

Portugal

73

54

76

51

78

56

Wales

71

56

76

56

82

60

Israel

69

57

73

54

71

54

France*

69

54

76

60

79

53

Scotland

66

57

73

56

78

56

Greenland

70

53

71

44

69

52

Poland

70

52

74

55

79

52

Canada

67

55

74

56

80

59

Hungary

64

49

68

47

78

55

Slovakia

66

47

69

47

74

47

Estonia

65

46

69

47

69

48

Latvia

63

47

56

39

65

42

Ireland

61

47

67

44

74

46

Greece

53

42

53

36

64

35

Lithuania

47

36

47

27

53

33

Belgium (Flemish)

44

33

55

35

62

42

Finland

42

28

50

28

61

31

*France, Germany and Russia are represented only by regions.

John Gormley

Question:

298 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Health and Children if he can supply figures on the confectionary consumption habits of Irish people and those in other EU countries and beyond; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7385/01]

The details requested by the Deputy regarding confectionary consumption habits of other EU countries are not available. With regard to confectionary consumption habits of Irish people, the survey of lifestyle, attitudes and nutrition, SLÁN, and the Irish health behaviour in school aged children, HBSC, survey provide data on the general eating habits of the population. These results, from 1998, defined confectionery as chocolate, sweets, toffees, mints, and sugar added to drinks. The mean intake in grams per day for various groups is: Overall Average 28.47 grams per day.

Average

Male

31.76

Female

25.58

18-34 years

Male

44.26

Female

31.78

35-54 years

Male

27.23

Female

25.05

55+ years

Male

20.97

Female

17.01

John Gormley

Question:

299 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Health and Children if he can supply figures for the average decayed, missing and filled teeth here in 1960; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7386/01]

Information on the average numbers of decayed, missing and filled, DMF, teeth in 1960 is not available. However surveys carried out under the auspices of the Health Research Council of Ireland in the period 1961-63 indicate that the average number of DMF deciduous teeth of children aged four to nine years was 5.33 and the average number of DMF permanent teeth of children aged eight to 16 years was 5.57.