05 Nov A Look at Oral Health Around the World
In the U.S., if you have a toothache, if your gums start bleeding or even if your teeth have become stained, all you have to do is schedule an appointment with your dentist. (And, of course, if you are in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach, dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian is available to help you.)
You may not realize how lucky we are in this country, when it comes to our oral health. As the World Health Organization says, “Oral diseases pose a major health burden for many countries and affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death.”
These oral health facts from the WHO are just a few reasons to be grateful for the kind of dental care available in the U.S.:
- According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017, oral disease of one kind or another affects approximately 3.5 billion people around the world.
- Tooth decay is the leading cause of oral disease around the world. “Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss is also very common, with almost 10% of the global population affected,” the WHO adds.
- In some of Asian and Pacific countries, oral cancer (cancer of the lip or mouth) is among the three most common cancers affecting the population.
- The majority of countries considered to be low- or middle-income by our standards, can’t even afford to provide the kind of basic dental services that can prevent oral health problems, let alone afford to pay for expensive treatments when problems arise.
According to the WHO, the three most compelling factors that are contributing to the number of cases of oral disease are:
- An unhealthy diet high in sugar
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
This is the really sad part: “Most oral health conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages,” the WHO reports.
Lots of people around the world have very few – if any – options when it comes to their oral health. Here at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach and HAB Dental in Boca Raton, we have advanced options to help you prevent and/or treat tooth decay, gum disease and other oral diseases.