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Many reparable teeth are pulled due to neglect

UNLESS they lose a front tooth, about 80 percent of local Chinese never go to a dentist to repair a broken or a rotten tooth, an international symposium on dental implant surgery was told today in Shanghai.

"People only go to a dentist after noticing changes in adjacent teeth or in the structure of their oral cavity," said Dr Zheng Jiawei, vice president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University's School of Dentistry. "They always miss the best time for dental implant and the delay seriously impairs their dental health."

"Everyone should take a dental examination at least once a year," said Dr Li Yulin from Shanghai Ren'ai Hospital. "Very few Shanghai residents come to see a dentist voluntarily and people will come when their tooth ache becomes unbearable. As a result, many teeth that can be repaired have to be pulled out."


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