Half of world’s population suffering from oral diseases: WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that almost half of the world’s population is currently suffering from oral diseases which has clearly shown that measures were not being taken to prevent oral diseases globally.

According to Reuters, the head of the WHO has told the media that currently 45 percent of the world’s population i.e. 3.5 billion people have been suffering from some kind of mouth disease.

Common diseases of the mouth include tooth decay, tooth pain, swelling of the gums and pain in the mouth and tooth fall while mouth cancer is at the top of the dangerous diseases.

According to the WHO report in the last 30 years the number of people suffering from oral diseases worldwide has increased by one billion.

The report has also said that people in poor and middle-income countries were mostly suffering from oral diseases and one of the most obvious reasons for the spread of such diseases was the lack of oral disease treatment equipment.

The report said that 2.5 billion people around the world have been suffering from some kind of dental problems and serious diseases of which common diseases are those for which there is no cure. Similarly one billion people have been suffering from gum swelling, tooth decay and other diseases of the mouth.

According to the WHO report 3,08,000 people worldwide suffer from oral cancer annually.

The WHO chief has urged countries around the world to ensure the supply of oral treatment equipment, disease diagnosis medicines and cheap toothpastes to control oral diseases.


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