John Stanmeyer for NPR
About 95% of 12-year-olds in the Philippines have tooth decay or cavities. And cavities affect 7 in 10 children in India, one-third of Tanzania teens and nearly 1 in every 3 Brazilians.
These and other startling oral health statistics are the focus of a two-part series published this week in The Lancet. In it, more than a dozen dentists and public health experts call for radical action to end neglected and widespread oral disease.
“Sugar is the causative agent for dental decay,” says Robert Weyant, one of the study authors and a dental public health expert at the University of Pittsburgh. “Basically, without sugar, you won’t develop