Worldwide Dental Facts for World Oral Health Day 2013

Did you know over 90% of people worldwide develop some form of dental disease during their lifetime?

World Oral Health Day 2013, celebrated this year on March 20th, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health.  To remind us that healthy teeth, gums and mouth play a crucial role in a healthy life, enabling us to work or study free from constant nagging and painful toothache, boosting our self-confidence and affecting the health of our whole body.

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In many countries, the burden of oral disease and its devastating cost to families and societies is still underestimated. Oral diseases are among the most common chronic diseases with 90% of the world’s population at risk from some form of dental disorder, ranging from caries, periodontal diseases to oral cancer.

Although in developed countries, the burden of oral diseases is decreasing, gum complications are more common, especially in older people. Major risk factors, such as tobacco use, excessive consumption of alcohol and a diet high in sugar, contribute to a range of chronic diseases including oral disease. Oral disease has a huge impact on general health and on other issues such as self-confidence; problems related to social interaction and can disrupt crucial functions like speaking and sleeping.

Meanwhile in poor and middle income countries, where the access to oral health care is scarce, caries are the most common disorder, this is especially evident in areas where more Western lifestyle and eating habits have been adopted.

Key worldwide dental facts:

  • 60%-90% of school children worldwide have dental caries
  • The incidence of oral cancer is between 1 and 10 cases per 100,000 population in most countries
  • 5%-10% of public health expenditure in high-income countries is related to oral health
  • Tobacco use is responsible for up to half of all periodontal (gum) diseases

FDI World Dental Federation presented a fun and entertaining World Oral Health Day video to raise awareness of the importance of dental care and promoting “Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life”

Get Healthy Today!

Contact J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101

Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300


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