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Nearly half of the world’s population, or 3.5 billion people, suffer from oral disease, the majority of them in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The most common oral diseases are tooth decay, severe gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancers, with untreated tooth decay affecting nearly 2.5 billion people, the agency said. United Nations.

About 380,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, he said.

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World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2022.
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The WHO cited high out-of-pocket expenses and the unavailability of highly specialized dental equipment in primary health care facilities as two of the reasons for the high prevalence of oral disease, especially in poor countries.

“Oral health has long been neglected in global health, but many oral diseases are preventable,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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The agency suggested that countries include equitable oral health services as part of their national planning and integrate oral health services into their primary health care models, while improving access to a affordable fluoride toothpaste, among other measures.