How the city of Vancouver has the highest rate of tooth decay in Canada
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada – The story of a city of almost 30,000 people is filled with history and controversy.
Vancouver has one of the highest rates of tooth erosion in Canada, which has been blamed on its aging infrastructure.
It is also the world’s leading dental health center, with about 1.3 million residents and nearly 20 million visitors each year.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), Vancouver has a rate of dental erosion of 3.4 percent per year, which is more than twice the national average.
The city has the second-highest rate of decay in the country at 10.7 percent, behind only Toronto.
The WHO’s data shows that Vancouver has one in five residents with dental problems and about 2.3 percent of residents with cavities.
The city’s rate of cavities is similar to those in Toronto, which averages about one in 10 residents with the condition.VANCOUVERS rate of oral decay has declined by about 50 percent in the last 30 years, but the city still has one-third of its residents with oral disease.
The proportion of residents living with oral problems in the city is about the same in every province, except British Columbia.
Vancouvers rate of mouth ulcers, a type of infection, has also dropped by 50 percent since the early 1990s, but still represents more than half of all patients in the community.
Vasilisa Kliman, a dental epidemiologist with the Vancouver Health Department, says Vancouver is at risk for a high rate of teeth decay because of the city’s reliance on hydroelectric power and its aging water infrastructure.
According for the WHO data, the city has an average of 1,700 cavities per 100,000 residents.
This is the equivalent of having 1,000 cavities for every 100,00 people in the population, Klimand said.
Vincenzo Pazza, director of the Canadian Dental Association, says dental health in Canada has become increasingly more important in recent years.
VicHealth says the city can help protect its residents by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and drinking water.
The health agency says the majority of residents have low or moderate levels of fluoride exposure, which helps prevent tooth decay.
In 2018, the province began allowing the sale of fluoride toothpaste and water filters.
However, the health department says that the new law doesn’t apply to residents living in Vancouver who are residents of non-fluoridated communities.
The Vancouver Board of Health has also recently started requiring residents to register with the city for vaccinations.
The province is also working to develop a fluoride tooth powder.
According the WHO, the WHO’s health agency, in the coming years, more than 80 percent of Canada’s population will need fluoride tooth paste, which will be sold as a water filter and as a powder.
The British Columbia government is also exploring the use of fluoride powder in dental care.
In 2017, the B.C. government passed a law that makes it mandatory for every child in B.G. to get a free water filter at the age of three.