Access to oral health should be done in an integral way, because it is an important part of health in general and can cause damage in different sizes, a specialist in Mexico City said on Friday.
"We have forgotten two important aspects that are related to this problem: psychological and psychosocial function," says Michael Glick, professor at the Dental School at New York State University.
During a forum "Diet, a missing link in caries prevention," a specialist explained that oral diseases currently affect about 4,000 million people worldwide, and caries lead these diseases.
"We see caries as a number one problem, periodontal disease, such as the sixth or oral cancer in another part of the list in the world."
The specialist explained that in the United States alone, 25% of people over 65 lost all their teeth, "but people think it's normal for years to have to lose their teeth, which is not true," he said.
In the meantime, he continued, parodontal disease increased by 26% between 2006 and 2016, and 20% of people were not treated with cavities.
He said the definition of oral health is multifaceted, because it includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and express emotions through oral expressions with confidence and without pain, without discomfort and without any disease on the complex of the skull of the face, "he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 60% and 90% of school children and almost 100% of adults have dental caries around the world.
While about 30% of the world's population aged 65-74 have no natural teeth.
In Mexico, tooth decay is dental disease with the highest prevalence, affecting 95% of the population between 20 and 64 years.