Tooth decay a huge problem among Greek teens

Almost 85 percent of 15-year-old Greek children suffer from tooth decay, according to a survey conducted by the Hellenic Dental Association (EOO).

According to findings presented on Wednesday, just 16.3 percent of 15-year-olds are free of tooth decay.

The same is true of 27.7 percent of 12-year-olds and 42.4 percent of children aged 5.

The study, conducted on a sample of 6,794 children, showed that youngsters in migrant families were more likely to have problems with their teeth.

In the 5-year-old age bracket, for instance, just 26.2 percent of children did not suffer from tooth decay.

“The study’s figures show there is a need for a targeted health policy,” said EOO president Athanasios Katsikis.