Poor oral health is linked to other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as risky behaviors like smoking and consuming sugary foods and drinks. It is essential for many reasons, and if left untreated, can cause pain, dysfunction, poor appearance, loss of self-esteem, absences from school or work, and difficulty focusing on daily tasks. It can also lead to infertility problems in women and make it difficult for them to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy. Our mouths are a way for bacteria to enter the body, which can cause infection or inflammation in other parts of our body.
Despite this, many Americans take their oral health for granted. They are unaware of the complications associated with untreated tooth decay and periodontal disease. Over the years, research, technological advances, and public participation have improved oral health to the point where most people take it for granted. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lip, other parts of the mouth and the oropharynx and is the 13th most common cancer worldwide.
The prevalence of major oral diseases continues to increase globally with increasing urbanization and changes in living conditions. The World Health Organization's Global Oral Health Status Report (202) estimated that oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people worldwide, with 3 out of 4 people affected living in middle-income countries. Normally, the body's natural defenses and good oral health care such as daily brushing and flossing keep bacteria under control. Oral cancer is more common in men and older people, more deadly in men than in women, and varies significantly depending on socioeconomic circumstances.
Since the 20th century, numerous advances in research and technology have improved the state of oral health in the United States for most populations. The burden of oral and other non-communicable diseases can be reduced through public health interventions addressing common risk factors. The resolution states that oral health must be firmly embedded in the noncommunicable disease agenda and that oral health care interventions should be included in universal health coverage programs.