0419 GMT January 24, 2019
Dr. Reza Afzali added that many Iranians think flossing teeth is not important for having healthy teeth and is a waste of time.
“Some people think only fastidious persons use floss. They are unaware flossing is vital to prevent serious dental problems,” he said.
Afzali laid emphasis on the role of IRIB, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to improve public awareness in this regard.
“Every person above 12 years of age has at least five decayed teeth,” he said.
“Poor dental hygiene, particularly forgetting to brush teeth or floss them after eating sweets, pizza and chips, increases the risk of tooth decay.”
Afzali said a number of programs are under way across the nation to prevent food decay among children under 14 years of age.
“Dental hygiene is important since birth. Kids must be taught to use floss and the proper way of brushing,” he said.
The official noted that the rate of tooth decay is higher among people from upper class families, as they consume more sweets and pizza.
“The best time to use floss is before going to bed. New evidence puts emphasis on brushing teeth immediately after rising from the bed,” he said.
Afzali urged families to observe dental hygiene because dental treatment is very expensive.