WHO: Oral diseases affect 3.5 billion people

22 November, 2022
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WHO: Oral diseases affect 3.5 billion people

On Thursday, the World Health Organization issued a report highlighting neglect and stark disparities in access to oral health services.


 

And the World Health Organization announced that 45 percent of the world's population, or about 3.5 billion people, suffer from oral diseases, including rotten teeth, swollen gums, and oral cancer, pointing out that this situation severely affected the most vulnerable and disadvantaged population groups.

 

The WHO report stated that global cases have increased by one billion over the past three decades, after providing the first comprehensive picture of the situation in 194 countries.

 

"Many people do not have access to prevention and treatment of oral diseases," the organization stressed, adding that nearly 380,000 new cases of oral cancers are diagnosed each year.

 

According to the report, untreated tooth decay is the most common problem at this level, while it affects about 2.5 billion people around the world, while severe gum disease affects about one billion people.

 

In fact, three-quarters of people with oral diseases live in low- and middle-income countries.

 

The World Health Organization said these patterns are the same as for other noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 

The World Health Organization has presented a long list of proposals to address the problem, calling on countries to include oral health services in their primary health care systems.


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