Dental Health Around the World
Tooth loss and dental decay can affect anyone in the world, but some people are at a much higher risk than others. No matter where someone is located though, there is somewhat of a global burden of disease. Tooth loss has socioeconomic roots and effects that influence everyone in the world.
Global DistributionEven in places such as Britain, more than half to three quarters of children and adults are affected to some degree. In Asian and Latin American countries, it is a major issue. For African countries, it is thought that the incidence of dental caries is going to continue to increase, partially since there is poor exposure to fluoride, which is shown to reduce tooth decay.
Where Tooth Loss StrikesExperts cite that environmental and socioeconomic conditions all affect dental health and oral diseases. The lifestyle in a country will reflect the pattern of dental decay and associated problems. For some of the industrialised countries, tooth decay is slowly going down but those who are elderly continue to experience high rates of decay and tooth loss.
Problems Treating Tooth Decay and Tooth LossA problem with treating these issues is that in developing and third world countries, there is such limited access to basic needs, let alone dental care. Teeth will be left as they are to decay and fall out while some are extracted due to intense pain experienced by the sufferer. As a result, the person is left to deal with poor oral functioning and may have difficulty chewing food.
Tobacco and Dental HealthFor industrialised countries, tobacco use is strongly linked to dental decay and tooth loss. Major periodontal disease is seen in anywhere from five to fifteen percent of the vast majority of populations. As smoking rates are rising in developing countries, it is expected that the number of people who suffer related problems will significantly rise as well.
Oral cancers will also continue to rise as a result of tobacco use. It is particularly prevalent in men and in places such as Asia, tobacco consumption is high as is oral cancer. Tooth loss remains a major problem for smokers and those who chew tobacco.