March 06, 2019
State of nation’s teeth needs funding
Bringing dental care into the state-funded primary health system what is needed to address poor dental health among Māori, Pasifika and lower socioeconomic groups.
That's the call from the New Zealand Medical Association, which says dental decay remains the country's most prevalent chronic, yet irreversible, disease.
Chair Kate Baddock says while children have access to free dental care it's is an issue for all age groups including older New Zealanders and cost is a major barrier.
There also needs to be more focus on prevention, including bold action on high sugar diets, in particular sugary drinks, and fluoridation.
Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com