But anyone who’s suffered with toothache will know that pain in the mouth affects how you feel and how you eat. It is well known that oral health can seriously affect general health, and that general health problems can affect oral health. In resource poor communities, 90% of dental decay remains untreated with a considerable knock-on effect. So working together with these communities to share appropriate knowledge of oral healthcare and helping to build capacity in low income countries is vital.
WHY IT MATTERS >> Many people suffer avoidable pain and develop other health related problems simply because they don’t know how to look after their mouths. Dental treatment is expensive and in a world where nearly half the population live on less than $2 a day, everything we can do to prevent problems before they develop is a valuable investment. Oral Health education must become an integral part of all health education – as an essential, not as a luxury.