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Wednesday, September 18 2019 - 04:23
United Nations Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage Finally has Some Teeth
GENEVA, September 18, 2019, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Oral health included in global health agenda

FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) welcomes the long overdue commitment to 
strengthening oral health in the UN Political Declaration on Universal Health 
Coverage (UHC) 
The declaration will be officially adopted by world leaders at the UN 
High-Level Meeting on UHC on September 23 in New York. 

"Oral health is one of the most neglected areas of global health, so we applaud 
world leaders for this breakthrough commitment that gives teeth to the UN 
Political Declaration, said FDI President Dr Gerhard Seeberger. "It is now 
vital that the Declaration be converted into concrete, sustainable action at 
the national level.

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of 
life, yet poor oral health continues   to be a silent epidemic afflicting some 
3.58 billion people – more than half the world's population. Oral diseases, 
such as dental caries (tooth decay), gum disease and oral cancer, are the most 
common forms of preventable noncommunicable diseases and affect people 
throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even 
death. Key risk factors for oral disease include tobacco use, the harmful use 
of alcohol, and sugar consumption.

Although most oral diseases are preventable, it has been estimated that the 
number of people with untreated oral diseases has increased by 38% since 1990 
and oral diseases are the fourth most expensive out-of-pocket disease to treat.

"UHC provides a unique opportunity to improve access to essential oral health 
services and address substantial out-of-pocket expenses associated with oral 
healthcare in many countries," said Dr Benoit Varenne, Dental Officer in the 
NCD Department at the World Health Organization. "The integration of essential 
oral health services into UHC will help improve health outcomes and reduce 
fundamental inequalities in access to care."

About FDI World Dental Federation
Founded in 1900, FDI World Dental Federation is an international, 
membership-based organization that serves as the main representative body for 
more than 1 million dentists worldwide, active in some 200 National Dental 
Associations and specialist groups in close to 130 countries. Based in Geneva, 
Switzerland, FDI's mission is to lead the world to optimal oral health. 

Further Information
Dr Charanjit (Chaz) Jagait
Communications & Advocacy Director, FDI World Dental Federation#
Phone: +41 22 560 81 48
Michael Kessler
Michael Kessler Media
Phone: +34 655 792 699

SOURCE: FDI World Dental Federation