Time to take gum disease seriously: The societal and economic impact of periodontitis

From Economist Impact – Good to see Perio getting serious attention.

This report describes the methods and main findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s research which assesses the evidence linking improved periodontal health to better overall health outcomes, and showcases the economic and societal implications associated with periodontal health across six European countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. These countries were selected for their geographic, demographic, epidemiologic, and socioeconomic comparability.

Executive Summary

Periodontal (gum) diseases are strikingly common across the globe, but also largely preventable. Left untreated, they are the main cause of tooth loss and considered one of the main threats to oral health. In Western Europe, a region which offers some of the most advanced healthcare services to the general public, developments in the prevention and management of periodontitis appear stagnant. The prevalence of periodontitis has remained largely unchanged over the last 25 years. The evidence-base shows periodontitis, which is the severe form of gum disease, has associations with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and over 50 non-communicable diseases. Recognition of these mutual risk factors and knowledge sharing between dentistry and general health are scarce in clinical practice. Similar to general health, poor oral health is also strongly associated with lower socioeconomic status. Unlike accessing the General Practitioner (GP), which in most of Western Europe are free at the point of access, many report avoiding dental check-ups due to the upfront costs. This avoidance only exacerbates poor oral health in socio-economically deprived neighbourhoods.

Heres the link.

Published by Alun Rees

Dental Business Coach. Analyst. Troubleshooter. Consultant. Writer. Presenter. Broadcaster.

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