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Italians reduce dental visits for kids due to crisis

Two million children risk damage to teeth

Italians reduce dental visits for kids due to crisis

Rome, April 19 - One Italian family out of three gave up taking their children back to the dentist in 2012 after the first visit as part of belt-tightening sacrifices during the economic crisis, a report by the National Orthodontic College said on Friday. Approximately two million children risk permanent damage to their teeth and 40% fewer families can afford braces to correct dental alignment, the report said. According to the publication, currently five million children between the ages of five and 14 are in need of orthodontic devices. In Italy, 90-95% of orthodontic care is private.

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