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FDI urges for greater oral health protection

FDI urges for greater oral health protection

Havana, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) As World Oral Health Day is being celebrated on Monday, the World Dental Federation (FDI) urged for a greater oral protection and hygiene to enjoy a longer life.

“Be proud of your mouth” is the official slogan launched by the FDI, with which it aims to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and implement a good hygiene routine, regular dental check-ups and healthy lifestyles.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people.

Major disorders are dental cavities, periodontopathies, oral cancers, trauma, cleft lip and palate, and noma, a serious gangrenous disease that starts in the mouth and affects mostly children.

Most of these conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages, according to Infomed.

However, experts said treatment for oral health disorders is expensive and is generally not part of universal health coverage.

Most high-income countries, dental care accounts for an average 5% of total health spending, and 20% of out-of-pocket patient costs.

The burden of disease from oral and other noncommunicable diseases can be reduced through public health interventions targeting the most common risk factors, such as a well-balanced low sugar diet, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and drink so much water.

According to specialists, brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day should be encouraged.


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