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What is the value of preventing oral health problems?
Worldwide, between 60-90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities.
Severe periodontal disease, leading to tooth loss, affects 15-20% of adults of average age (35-44 years).
Oral cancer incidence varies between one and 10 cases per 100 000 people in most countries. Prevalence of oral cancer is higher in men, the elderly, and among people with low education and low incomes. Tobacco and alcohol are major factors for the appearance of the disease.
Everywhere in the world, 16-40% of children in the category of age 6-12 years are affected by dental trauma due to unsafe workplaces, unsafe play for schools, road accidents or violence.