The People's Daily Reports
Nearly 66 percent of China's five-year olds have decayed teeth, although the figure is down 11 percent from a decade ago, according to the MinistryÂ ofÂ Health.
China's third national survey on oral health showed each five-year-old child with dental disease had 3.5 decayed teeth on average last year, one tooth less than the previous decade.
"Although China has witnessed an obvious drop in dental diseases, it still lags behind the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard," said Zhang Boxue, a professor with the National Committee of Oral Health.
A 5 year old Chicago girl, who entered a coma while sedatedÂ for undergoing a dental treatment of 2 cavities and caps being placed on her lower teeth. has passed away.
It has been said that she was given a triple dose of sedatives _ an oral agent, an intravenous drug and nitrous oxide gas _ during Saturday's exam at Little Angel Dental.
The girl's mother, Ommettress Travis, has said she was asked to leave the room during the half-hour procedure. When she returned, her daughter was lying in the dental chair, not breathing, Travis said.
From what I understand, theÂ familys' attorneys are getting the equipment that was used during the sedation checked Â by professionals, and are also checking other dental records etc. to see if their case has any merit.
The Australian-The Nation ReportsMatthew Franklin
THE number of students graduating in dentistry has fallen to levels not seen since the 1950s, leading to calls for a major boost in university funding.
With up to 650,000 people on waiting lists for publicly funded dental care, the Australian Dental Association yesterday attacked the Howard Government for failing to properly fund dental education.
And it warned that young dentists were now unwilling to work in the public sector because they needed the higher pay offered by the private sector to cover their massive student debts.
This turmoil all started after a 5 year old girl got into a coma after being sedated in a dental clinic in Chicago.Â She was given 3 different sedatives and after the dental work was done, she never woke up, this following link is to the CBS News page which has an interview with Dr. Edward Fisher.
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