Addressing Disparities in Oral Health

In a 2022 global oral health status report, the World Health Organization reported that globally, three out of every four people (more than 4 billion) who live in low-and middle-income countries suffer from oral diseases, the most common of which are dental caries, severe gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.

“The national conversation on oral health needs to be person-centered and focused on prevention,” says Nader Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD, dean of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and outgoing chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “We achieve this when financial and social access takes an integrated approach to oral health, overall health, and mental health.”

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