Oral Health Key Facts From WHO (World Health Organization)

April 29, 2020

Oral diseases pose a major health burden for many countries and affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death. Even more, these diseases share common risk factors with other major chronic diseases.

Here are some key facts about oral health by the World Health Organization:

Oral health conditions

The majority of oral health conditions are: dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal diseases, oral cancers, oral manifestations of HIV, oro-dental trauma, cleft lip and palate, and noma (gangrenous infection of the mouth and face that mostly affects children).

Kid in school learning about oral health

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 estimated that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide. Among these diseases, caries of permanent teeth is the most common condition. Globally 2.3 billion people suffer from caries of permanent teeth and more than 530 million children suffer from caries of primary teeth, according to estimates.

To continue reading this article visit the WHO link below:

World Health Organization - Oral Health