World Health Organization global policy for improvement of oral health--World Health Assembly 2007

World Health Organization, Global Oral Health Programme, Department of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland.
International Dental Journal (Impact Factor: 1.26). 06/2008; 58(3):115-21. DOI: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2008.tb00185.x
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The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Oral Health Programme has worked hard over the past five years to increase the awareness of oral health worldwide as an important component of general health and quality of life. Meanwhile, oral disease is still a major public health problem in high income countries and the burden of oral disease is growing in many low- and middle income countries. In the World Oral Health Report 2003, the WHO Global Oral Health Programme formulated the policies and the necessary actions for the improvement of oral health. The strategy is that oral disease prevention and the promotion of oral health needs to be integrated with chronic disease prevention and general health promotion as the risks to health are linked. The World Health Assembly (WHA) and the Executive Board (EB) are supreme governance bodies of WHO and for the first time in 25 years oral health was subject to discussion by those bodies in 2007. At the EB120 and WHA60, the Member States agreed on an action plan for oral health and integrated disease prevention, thereby confirming the approach of the Oral Health Programme. The policy forms the basis for future development or adjustment of oral health programmes at national level.

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    • "Oral diseases, periodontal disease, and tooth loss are an alarming public health problem. Their impact on individuals in terms of pain, impairment of function, and reduced quality of life is substantial[1]. Oral diseases can, however, be prevented or reversed by regular performance of oral hygiene behaviors at home (e.g., brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and dental flossing[2]). However, adherence to oral hygiene behaviors is suboptimal with a significant proportion of people brushing and flossing their teeth less than is recommended or needed to prevent problems[2,3]. "
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    • "Globally, the greatest burden of oral diseases lies on disadvantaged and poor populations. The current pattern of oral disease reflects distinct risk profiles across countries related to living conditions, behavioural and environmental factors, oral health systems and implementation of scheme stop revent oral disease (Petersen, 2008). The problems related with oral and dental health in Turkey are among the most important public health problems. "

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    • "Dental flossing is the most commonly recommended adjunctive oral self-care method to prevent such diseases (Sambunjak et al., 2011). However, a large proportion of people floss their teeth less than recommended or not at all (Petersen, 2008). In India, there is lack of appropriate 30 oral health education even among literates, and flossing is not a well-known behavior (Kumar, 2012). "
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