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Most Adults and Children Worldwide Suffer from Dental Caries

Posted on June 16, 2014

Oral diseases are among the most common, yet they receive little attention in many countries, especially those with poor healthcare systems. On World Oral Health Day (March 28), FDI World Dental Federation presented the latest findings on oral health at the British Dental Association (BDA) in London.

Nearly 100% of adults and 60% to 90% of children have dental caries, which results in missed days in school and work. In the United States, oral diseases resulted in the loss of 2.4 million days of work and 1.6 million days of school. Most common chronic diseases are largely preventable through simple and cost-effective measures.

The white paper presented by FDI World Dental Federation in London paints a bleak picture for oral health around the globe. Oral care is vital for the physical and psychological wellbeing of an individual, yet it is often ignored or overlooked.

Dental professionals can help ensure that every person is able achieve a minimum standard of oral care through basic patient education. Advise patients that regular tooth brushing, at least twice a day, and using fluoride toothpaste are highly effective methods to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Other simple measures also help include eating a healthy diet low in sugar, avoiding sugary snacks between meals, and having regular dental check-ups.

More information and patient education tips are available at www.worldoralhealthday.com/oral-health-worldwide.