Oral diseases pose a major health burden for many countries


Oral Diseases Affect Close to 3.5 Billion People Worldwide


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The WHO Global Oral Health Status Report (2022) estimated that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide, with 3 out of 4 people affected living in middle-income countries. Globally, an estimated 2 billion people suffer from caries of permanent teeth and 514 million children suffer from caries of primary teeth. 
Most oral health conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages. Most cases are dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal diseases, tooth loss and oral cancers.

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oral diseases

Treatment for oral health conditions is expensive and usually not part of universal health coverage (UHC).  While most Americans can afford basic procedures like fillings and cleaning, the cost of care increases steeply as dental procedures become more complex. Root canals, bridges, and dental implants can cost you thousands of dollars of which insurance only covers a portion.

Here are the average costs of some dental treatments in US.


Dental Implants1 $3,000-$4,500
Dental Veneers (per tooth)2 $925-$2,500
Dental Crown3 $500-$3,000
Tooth Extraction4




Preventive oral health habits, such as regular dental care and good oral hygiene,  developed early in life can lead to better overall oral health throughout a person's life. And it will reduce lots of dental treatment costs you may pay in the future. 


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** https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240061484

1“FAQ for Dental Implants.” American Academy of Implant Dentistry. https://www.aaid-implant.org/faq/#267, accessed December 15, 2020.
2“Veneers vs Dentures: which one is right for you?” ADA Marketplace. http://marketplace.ada.org/blog/veneers-vs-dentures-which-one-is-right-for-you/, accessed December 15, 2020.
3Dr. Richard Schlossberg (November 19, 2020). “How much do dental crowns cost without insurance?” 1Dental. https://www.1dental.com/dental-crowns/.
4Dr. Renu Saxena (November 19, 2020). “How much does a tooth extraction cost?” 1Dental. https://www.1dental.com/dental-insurance/how-much-does-molar-extraction-cost/.