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Presentation of "The challenge of oral disease. Oral Health Atlas" at the Spanish Dental Council

From left to right: Dr Óscar Castro, President of the Spanish Dental Council, Dr Patrick Hescot, President of the FDI and Dr Juan Carlos Llodra, Secretary of the Spanish Dental Council

 

86.5% of Spaniards older than 12 have some tooth decay

- In 2016, 1,200 Spaniards will die from oral cancer. 85% of cases are detected in a late phase, which reduces by half the ratio of survival

- 39% of tooth fractures that occur in Europe are caused by domestic violence.  Dentists can detect early signs of domestic violence in patients with oral lesions

- Spain is at the head of the European Union in relation to the private cost: 96% of the dental expenses are assumed by the patient

Madrid, 15 March 2016.- "It all starts here. Healthy mouth, healthy body” is the slogan chosen this year by the World Dental Federation (FDI) to celebrate the World Oral Health Day. Because there are more and more scientific evidence which shows the close connection between oral health and general health, as it is stated in The challenge of oral disease | Oral Health Atlas presented at the Spanish Dental Council. This Atlas analyzes the main challenges which Dentistry has to face in the different continents, as well as the inequalities when accessing to oral treatments. As for the cost assumed by the patient, Spain stands out, with 96% of the private cost, when compared to other countries like Denmark, with 70%, or France, with 28%.

The President of the Spanish Dental Council, Dr Óscar Castro, together with the President of the FDI, Dr Patrick Hescot, and the Secretary of the Dental Council, Dr Juan Carlos Llodra, presented last Tuesday, 15th of March, the main findings of the Atlas of Oral Health. This publication highlights the challenges which face Dentistry, and how social habits -such as the increased consumption of sugar, tobacco or alcohol- are increasing the incidence of oral diseases.

ATLAS: Major diseases and relevance

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in the world and constitutes a major public health challenge. In Spain, 371 million teeth are affected by this disease (86.5% of people over 12 have some kind of tooth decay).

Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, are reversible in most patients. However, in Spain, 8 million of adults suffer of it, and 2 million of them have it already in a severe way.

Oral cancer will affects 5,000 new patients in Spain this year, causing 1,200 deaths. Half the cases could be prevented with early detection.

Oral injuries are very common and can be prevented by improving public health policies and raising awareness of the risks related to violence, sport and road safety. In Spain, 335,000 children under 12 have suffered tooth fractures. In addition, it is noteworthy that 39% of the tooth fractures that occur in Europe are caused by domestic violence. Dentist can, therefore, play an important role in this very serious public health problem.

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