Civil servants may have enviable working hours, tea breaks and holidays - but it's their dazzling grins which reflect job privilege. The Hong Kong Dental Association has revealed that the bill for government workers is expected to swallow half of the territory's dental budget for the 1996-97 year. The $253 million set aside is more than double the $126 million earmarked for school dental services, and dwarfs the $22 million marked for public curative services and the $10 million to be spent on oral health education. But the whole $517 million dental budget nibbles just 2.3 per cent from the Department of Health's annual costs. 'With such meagre spending on oral care, we can hardly be convinced that our Government has done adequate oral health education for the general public,' Dental Association president Dr William Wong Wing-bill said. 'Nor has it fulfilled its proclaimed mission that nobody will be devoid of proper health care due to lack of means.' Civil Service assistant secretary (medical and dental benefits) Philomena Leung Ho Yee-man said most of Hong Kong's 180,000 civil servants - and families - could claim subsidised dental care.