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Oral Health Promotion

Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults.

The burden of oral diseases and other chronic diseases can be decreased simultaneously by addressing common risk factors. Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene, and social determinants.

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Bank of Ideas

Different types of oral health programs that actually have been implemented are presented.

The Bank of Ideas will hopefully inspire health planners around the world to develop programs that would fulfil their need.


Dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the oral cavity. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated drinking water, salt, milk and toothpaste, as well as from professionally-applied fluoride or mouth rinse. Long-term exposure to an optimal level of fluoride results in fewer dental cavities in both children and adults.

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ART - Atraumatic Restorative Treatment

Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) is a treatment procedure based on caries excavation and removal using only hand instruments followed by restoration with an adhesive filling material such as glass ionomer. This approach was developed to suit the needs of the low-income countries with limited access to electricity and dental equipment. 

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Global Oral Health Goals

The FDI, WHO and the IADR have presented the new goals for the year 2020. This document containing proposals for new Global Oral Health Goals, Objectives and Targets, useful as a framework for health planners at regional, national and local levels and are not intended to be prescriptive.

Last updated by Marie Nordström