A new national study by KANTAR IMRB for Colgate-Palmolive (India) revealed that at least 8 out of ten children in India suffer from oral health issues, underscoring the need for immediate action. Some of the major oral health problems found in children surveyed include visible plaque accumulation, white spots on teeth, visible caries, gum inflammation, bad breath and gum bleeding. The survey revealed that as many as 2 out of 3 children have cavities or are at a high risk of developing them. The study also highlighted that around 9 out of 10 adults surveyed suffer from a major oral health problem.
The study highlights that the high incidence of oral health issues in children was recorded across the country – East India (89 per cent), West India (88 per cent), North India (85 per cent) and South India (64 per cent). Some of the large cities also exhibited high incidence of oral health issues – Mumbai (90 per cent), Kolkata (93 per cent), Hyderabad (82 per cent), Delhi (79 per cent), Chennai (60 per cent) and Bangalore (46 per cent).
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