At first I thought “87.4%” must be a miscalculation, especially given the apocryphal nature of “Filipino statistics” …another oxymoron for you CyberGod 🙂
But then my skepticism asked for leniency in the court of public opinion by offering the rebuttal (in the true Filipino style of deflecting, whining, denial and guilt tripping when caught with his/her pants down), “Think of the children!”
In my humble opinion, dental hygiene is one of those great clues that sheds much-needed light on “roach-infested” cultural norms and societal values. It is a truth indicator, a reflection or litmus test if you will, of one’s self-esteem, ethics, morals and how well one takes care of himself/herself. Give me a person with halitosis and I’ll show you a person who is not to be trusted. By the way, it is just me or is my experience with Filipinos with bad breath (domestic or foreign-born) a common occurrence?
Just like trust in civil society, teeth are the under-appreciated necessity of health and well-being. And like all good things in life, teeth need to be taken care of and maintained because neglecting them can lead to a myriad of other issues.
Which brings me back to “For heaven’s sake, think of the children!” If pediatric dental hygiene is that bad in the Philippines, there is no way in hell that country is going to improve because they’ve already created a whole another generation of rotted-toothed children to perpetuate the morally rotten culture that will bankrupt the country and its society a long time to come.
My many thanks to <foreign man seeking relationship> and others members of this website for inspiring this post.