A recently published report outlining the oral health crisis happening worldwide has been published by the The World Health Organization (WHO). Just last November 2022, the Global Oral Health Status Report published determined that there are 3.5 billion people affected by one or more oral diseases. Not only that, but over 1 billion new cases of oral disease have been recorded over the past 30 years. This is a good time to find out what this means for you and how you can protect your oral health to avoid issues later.
Consider that the mouth is the portal to your body, making your oral health directly related to the overall health of a you as a person. When you are dealing with oral diseases, this can impact other areas of the body too. The WHO defines oral health as the state of one’s mouth, teeth, and orofacial structures giving them the ability to perform all of the essential daily functions like eating, breathing and speaking. As you can imagine, your oral health affects not only how you live day to day, but also how you interact with the world around you. Your oral health is one factor that can change over time.
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Oral Health Pandemic: Why It’s Vital to Protect Against Oral Diseases