Croatia's six-year-olds on average have four teeth affected by tooth decay, and the prevalence of dental caries in this age cohort places Croatia at the bottom of the list of European Union member-states, with only Bulgaria faring worse.
The figures about oral health in Croatia were presented recently on the occasion of World Oral Health Day, observed on 20 March.
The incidence of dental caries in children measured by the relevant DMFT index for this age group shows that Croatia has failed to reduce the prevalence of caries among 12-year-olds from the current score of 4.1 to 3.5, and to increase the percentage of healthy teeth in the age cohort of six-year-olds to 60%.
One of the causes for this situation is the fact that a quarter of pupils drink sweet beverages every day.
Also, Croatian adolescents rank third in Europe in smoking and alcohol consumption.