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#ASDailyScoop: Study shows lower level of tooth brushing practice in Ethiopia

Smiley local boys in Degeh Bur, Somali region. Photo: UNICEF Ethiopia

Addis Abeba – A study aimed at providing comprehensive evidence on the level of tooth brushing practice in Ethiopia from 2010 to 2020, reveals an overall level of tooth brushing practice of 12.2 percent in Ethiopia.

The study which was published on nature.com on 19 April labels Ethiopia as having poor oral health practices leading to a higher prevalence of oral diseases.

The finding was consistent with 14.5 percent of tooth-brushing practices in Nigeria and 15.9 percent in Sudan. A higher level of tooth brushing practice was reported at 77.5 percent in Kenya, followed by 76.6 percent in Malawi and 72.4 percent in Tanzania.

The study stated that special attention should be given to oral hygiene and that concerned bodies should work on the identified oral health concerns of the Ethiopian population.

According to the global oral health status report for 2022, oral disease affected about 3.5 billion people worldwide, of whom three out of four live in middle-income countries. AS

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