Putting 'Oral Health is Health'
Oral health has been recognized as a human right. The oral health of an individual is defined as “a state of being free of mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and other disease and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychological wellbeing."
Despite being largely preventable, oral disorders combined are the most common chronic diseases and a major public health problem worldwide.
There is a direct association between oral disease and social determinants of health such as education, income, and geographic location. Disparities in access to care need to be investigated in all aspects of oral health care, including the allocation of resources, oral health care services usage, the quality of services, workforce, and the financing of oral health care.
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