WHO: Dental diseases affect 3.5 billion people worldwide

Decayed teeth, gum disease and oral cancers: close to half of the world’s population suffers from dental-oral problems, the World Health Organization announced, highlighting the lack of access to prevention and treatment.

According to a new report, the World Health Organization finds that 45% of the world’s population, i.e. 3.5 billion people, suffer from dental diseases.

“Dental health has long been neglected in global health,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, despite the fact that low-cost preventive measures could prevent many diseases.

The World Health Organization has compiled a comprehensive table of the situation in 194 countries and reveals an increase of 1 billion cases over the past 30 years.

“This is a clear indication that a large number of people do not have access to the prevention and treatment of dental diseases,” says the WHO report, which highlights the most common cases of decayed teeth, gum disease and oral cancers.

Tooth decay is the most common occurrence. It affects 2.5 billion people in the world, while one billion suffer from gum disease which is the main cause of tooth loss.

At the same time, 380,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year.

The main risk factors are high sugar consumption, tobacco use and alcohol consumption.

The World Health Organization calls on the authorities to address the risk factors by promoting a balanced and low-sugar diet, the cessation of tobacco use in any form, the reduction of alcohol consumption and greater access to effective and affordable fluoride toothpastes.

The research highlights the stark inequalities in access to dental health services, highlighting the enormous burden these highly visible and visible diseases place on the most vulnerable and underprivileged sections of the population.

According to the report, three-quarters of people suffering from dental disease live in low- and middle-income countries, but everywhere in the world, the poor, the disabled, the elderly and the vulnerable are denied access to expensive dental care, according to the report. with the WHO.

At the same time, the reliance on highly specialized service providers and high-tech equipment makes services inaccessible to many, while a lack of information and safeguards prevent early help-seeking.

The World Health Organization presents a long list of proposals to address the problem, mainly calling on countries to include dental care services in primary health systems.

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Source: RES-MPE

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