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A new Global Oral Health Status Report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides the first-ever comprehensive picture of oral disease burden with data profiles for 194 countries, giving unique insights into key areas and markers of oral health that are relevant for decision-makers.
The report shows that almost half of the world’s population (45% or 3.5 billion people) suffer from oral diseases, with 3 out of every 4 affected people living in low- and middle-income countries. Global cases of oral diseases have increased by 1 billion over the last 30 years—a clear indication that many people do not have access to prevention and treatment of oral diseases.
“Oral health has long been neglected in global health, but many oral diseases can be prevented and treated with the cost-effective measures outlined in this report,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “WHO is committed to providing guidance and support to countries so that all people, wherever they live and whatever their income, have the knowledge and tools needed to look after their teeth and mouths, and to access services for prevention and care when they need them.”
Rapid increase of oral diseases
The most common oral diseases are dental caries (tooth decay), severe gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancers. Untreated dental caries is the single most common condition globally, affecting an estimated 2.5 billion people. Severe gum disease ̶ a major cause of total tooth loss ̶ is estimated to affect 1 billion people worldwide. About 380 000 new cases of oral cancers are diagnosed every year.
The report underscores the glaring inequalities in access to oral health services, with a huge burden of oral diseases and conditions affecting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. People on low incomes, people living with disabilities, older people living alone or in care homes, those living in remote and rural communities and people from minority groups carry a higher burden of oral diseases.
This pattern of inequalities is similar to other noncommunicable diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and mental disorders. Risk factors common to noncommunicable diseases such as high sugar intake, all forms of tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol all contribute to the global oral health crisis.
Barriers to delivering oral health services
Only a small percentage of the global population is covered by essential oral health services, and those with the greatest need often have the least access to services. The key barriers to delivering access to oral health services for all include:
-- Oral health care requires high out-of-pocket expenditures. This often leads to catastrophic costs and significant financial burden for families and communities.
-- The provision of oral health services largely relies on highly specialized providers using expensive high-tech equipment and materials, and these services are not well integrated with primary health care models.
-- Poor information and surveillance systems, combined with low priority for public oral health research are major bottlenecks to developing more effective oral health interventions and policies.
Opportunities to improve global oral health
The report showcases many promising opportunities to improve the state of global oral health including:
-- adopting a public health approach by addressing common risk factors through promoting a well-balanced diet low in sugars, stopping use of all forms of tobacco, reducing alcohol consumption and improving access to effective and affordable fluoride toothpaste.
-- planning for equitable oral health services as part of national health planning and improving integration of oral health services in primary health care as part of universal health coverage.
-- redefining oral health workforce models to respond to population needs and expanding competencies of non-dental healthcare workers to expand oral health service coverage; and
-- strengthening information systems by collecting and integrating oral health data into national health monitoring systems.
“Placing people at the heart of oral health services is critical if we are to achieve the vision of universal health coverage for all individuals and communities by 2030,” said Dr Bente Mikkelsen, WHO Director for Noncommunicable Diseases.
She added: “This report acts as a starting point by providing baseline information to help countries monitor progress of implementation, while also providing timely and relevant feedback to decision-makers at the national level. Together, we can change the current situation of oral health neglect.”
Washington Dentist Selected as President-Elect of the American Dental Association
Linda J. Edgar, D.D.S., M.Ed., will assume ADA presidency in 2023
CHICAGO, October 18, 2022 — Dr. Linda J. Edgar, a dentist in Federal Way, Wash., is the new President-Elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Edgar was recently elected at the ADA House of Delegates Meeting at ADA SmileCon™ in Houston, Texas on October 18.
Dr. Edgar has been a member of the ADA since 1992 and was a member of the House of Delegates from 2005 to 2018. Most recently, she served as the Eleventh District Trustee of the ADA and on the ADA Council of Dental Practice.
Dr. Edgar is also involved with numerous other dental organizations, including the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA), the American College of Dentists (ACOD), the International College of Dentists (ICD), the Academy of Dentistry International, the Washington Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), of which she was president in 2013-2014.
Additionally, she served as president of the Seattle King County Dental Society from 2010 to 2011. For close to 30 years, Dr. Edgar worked in private practice and has been involved with the University of Washington School of Dentistry in support of major fundraising for more than 10 years.
Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Edgar was a teacher for 15 years. She was a national class marathon runner completing over 45 marathons and participating in the first Woman’s Olympic Marathon Trials. She has also completed two full Ironman races. She has practiced general dentistry with her husband, Dr. Bryan Edgar, for 30 years and is currently involved with volunteer organizations which couple continuing education with increasing access for veterans and the underserved.
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), published monthly, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.
Dr .Cynthia Overholser of Lake Jackson Family Dentistry in Lake Jackson Texas USA joined many thousands of her colleagues at the just ended Annual conference of the American Dental Association dubbed SmileCon 2022 at the George Brown convention center Down Town City Of Houston .
Dr C . Overholser was encouraged by her staff dental hygienists to speak with Dr Ntuab Akwo Thompson , the Health and Development editor of Healthndevelopment magazine and Media USA .
Dr Overholser loves Dentistry practice and is contributing in the Global Oral health through her work with her colleagues and staff .
She says she has learnt a lot from the presentations in the conference and spoke about the challenges of balancing Dentistry and family commitments .
Dr. Overholser has called on girls to work hard in school and consider the study of Dentistry and making it a career .
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson
GLOBAL HEALTH NEWS : AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF" GIVE KIDS A SMILE ".
The American Dental Association [ADA] has celebrated the 20th anniversary of Philanthropy work with kids through the program called " Give kids a smile " by the members working with partners including main sponsor Colgate in many USA states , counties and Cities .
The governance head of the ADA Dr. Ray Cohlmia and the President , Dr . Cesar Sabates gave brief congratulation statements during the the evening event on Thursday 13th at the Marriott Marquis , Sky bar in the presence of attendees with passion for volunteering , Philanthropic work and giving back .
Colgate leadership in marketing and Public relations spoke about the partnership and the contributions of Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures Education and Screening event which also took place on the same day at the Dental Central next to Smile Lounge A .
Dr .Jeffrey Dalin who has led the program for the past 20 years , showed a brief video of the organization,s work nationally, will be recognized with the ADA Humanitarian Award for co-creating and continually guiding the ADA,s signature access to care program .
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Dr. Emeline T. Davis on Dental practice and Equity .
Dr . Emeline T, Davis of Advanced Dental , LLC Terre Haute Indiana is attending the 2022 American Dental Association or ADA annual conference dubbed SmileCon in the city of Houston Texas and spoke with Dr Ntuba Akwo Thompson of HealthnDeveleopment magazine on Wednesday 12th at the Houston Convention center about the conference and the need for more minorities to join the profession .
The general Dentist who is married to an Internist Rheumatologist has done much in promoting her profession and giving back to her community .
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thomspon
Canadian Participant of the American Dental Association SmileCon on the meeting benefits .
Dr. Tibor Katz ,an International general Dentist from Canada and a long time participant of the annual meeting of the American Dental association spoke to the editor of HealthnDevelopment magazine on the expectations and benefits of attending the Conference ahead of the opening session slated for Thursday 13th , October 2022.
Dr. Tibor is asking young professional who may want to go to Dental school to talk with their Dentist and if possible visit Dental schools .
He says most of the measures to promote Oral Health have not changed and encourages the population to brush their teeth often and have Dental checks twice in a year .
Attendees began today the 12th of October 2022 with registration at the George Brown Convention center Down Town Houston Texas .
Dr . Ntuba Akwo Thompson
Texas Woman political & Community leader to address American Dental association Alliance Breakfast
Featured Speaker: The Honorable Jacquie Baly will be presenting: Legislative Update and Political Overview with Emphasis on Dental and Health Priorities
Jacquie Baly, President of BalyProjects, has been a leader in the Texas business and policy communities for decades. She began her career as a city, and regional planner, then served as Vice President of the Greater Houston Partnership before her public service as Governor Rick Perry's appointee on water and wastewater issues, then-Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sugar Land. Twenty-three years ago, Jacquie founded BalyProjects to provide clients with government affairs and media relations services. She is currently an adviser to Governor Greg Abbott on Higher Education initiatives.
The alliance which is considered a PAC of the ADA , represents the American Dental Association in Washington DC on policy issues related to the Dental profession .
The alliance says "
Each year the ADA holds a Dentist and Student Lobby Day in Washington, D.C."
Participants at the Breakfast will be helping the alliance raise funds for it,s work .
The alliance also makes a plea to delegates and participants to
"Come visit the Alliance of the American Dental Association Booth!"
Our booth location will be at the Marriott Marquis Houston (the location of both ADA House of Delegates and HQ hotel) on Level 4 outside of the Texas Ballroom near the delegation meetings. AADA is collecting Head 2 Toe donation items at the booth during SmileCon, view list of items to donate here.
Oct. 10, 2022
Houston,s own Pediatric Dentist , Dr Mina Tabatabai of Minali Dental , Welcomes SmileCon of the ADA
Dental practitioners from all the 50 staes of the USA and some Internationals have begun arriving in the City of Houston Texas USA for the three in one American Dental Association annual meeting dubbed Smile Con and are welcomed by Dentists who are resident and practice in the city of Houston including Pediatric dental consultant , Dr .Mina Tabatabai , founding owner of Minali Dental located at 7700 Fulton St #A Houston Texas 77022.
Dr Tabatabai is a proud Houstonian who was born in the city she so loves to serve .
She graduated with a four years bachelors degree with a Rodeo scholarship from University of Houston and then moved to Washington DC , where she got direct admission into Dental school and did a two years residency in the same school after graduation , that qualified her as a Doctor of Dental Surgery or DDS .
Dr Tabatabai loves community and is involved with the International , national USA and local communities helping families have the best Dental experiences for their kids , with her very Child friendly designed Dental office within the Fulton community in Houston .
The American Dental Association is known to partner with other organizations to provide free dental screenins and treatments during their annual meetings as a way to give back to host cities and Dr Mina Tabatabai gives back through the many Dental mission trips that has taken her to Costa Rica , Hunduras . Iran and Panama .
She is very committed to her work , family and Community in Houston .
She is married and has two sons .
The American Dental Association continues to make opportunities for many Pediatric Dentists like Dr . Mina Tabatabai to move upward in their profession .
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson
Researchers Call in a Swarm of Tiny, Tooth-Scrubbing Robots
robotic structures can be automated to shapeshift from bristle-like extensions to floss-like strings that conform to tooth surfaces and scrub the nooks and crannies between teeth.
Credit: Edward Steager, University of Pennsylvania
By Tiffany Chen
The concept of a toothbrush—essentially bristles-on-a-stick—hasn’t changed much as a technology since the Babylonians and ancient Egyptians walked the earth over 5,000 years ago. Now, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania aim to transform tooth cleaning with a swarm of microscopic “robots” that can do the job of a toothbrush, dental floss, and oral rinse all in one, as the video above shows. The NIDCR-supported study, published in the journal ACS Nano, demonstrates the feasibility of the robotic system, which could one day be adapted for use in humans.
“We want to improve oral health for people with disabilities and geriatric populations who don’t have the manual dexterity to perform routine oral care,” says dentist-scientist and senior author Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, PhD. “It’s an unmet need in oral health care, and it’s time to disrupt the technology.”
The robots are actually nano-sized iron-oxide particles, each roughly 100 times smaller than a grain of pollen. In the presence of a magnet, the nanoparticles cluster into a series of strands—aka bristles—that align along the direction of the magnetic field. By making finely tuned adjustments to the field, the researchers could precisely direct the bristles’ movements, adjust their stiffness, and shorten or lengthen them.
“One of the great things about working with magnetic fields is that they penetrate tissues and are harmless at the level we use them, meaning the system can reach difficult-to-access spaces,” says microrobotics engineer and co-senior author Edward Steager, PhD.
The researchers tested the robots’ scrubbing powers on several surfaces, including a 3D-printed model of human front teeth, real human front teeth mounted on artificial gums, and a section of a pig jaw containing gums and teeth.
As the video above shows, these robotic structures can be automated to shapeshift from bristle-like extensions to floss-like strings that conform to tooth surfaces and scrub the nooks and crannies between teeth. A separate experiment showed that they are soft enough to leave pig gums undamaged, but strong enough to break up biofilms, also known as plaque, the sticky networks of bacteria that cling to oral surfaces and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Biofilms grown on human teeth (left, stained pink for visibility) were almost entirely scrubbed off by the microrobots (right).
Biofilms grown on human teeth (left, stained pink for visibility) were almost entirely scrubbed off by the microrobots (right). | Minjun Oh
When it comes to busting biofilms, these robotic nanoparticles have another trick up their sleeves. They have a natural ability to trigger chemical reactions that release microbe-killing molecules, essentially creating an antimicrobial rinse on-site. In the experiments, this allowed the tiny robotic armies to both break apart biofilms and kill the bacteria within, leaving behind no detectible live pathogens. The robots could also sweep up and collect dead-pathogen-containing debris. According to the scientists, the microbial contents of this material can be analyzed to detect pathogens and other disease indicators, which one day could prove useful for predicting and diagnosing disease in the oral cavity and elsewhere in the body.
But before dispatching a platoon of tiny robots into our mouths, the researchers say clinical trials are needed. To optimize the robotic system and make it affordable for everyday use, the team plans to design prototypes that fit inside the mouth. They envision a programmable, fully automated system that can adapt to the unique features of a person’s oral cavity, enabling personalized oral care.
The group is exploring other applications as well. In a proof-of-concept study recently published in the Journal of Dental Research, the researchers showed that microrobots can be magnetically guided through the root canal—the narrow channel that runs through the interior of a tooth root—to remove biofilms and potentially carry and deliver drugs.
Beyond dentistry, the scientists see a role for the technology in cleaning inside biofilm-contaminated catheters, surgical implants, and even water pipes. “When you see this kind of result that opens a whole new area and applications, it’s as exciting as it gets in research,” says Steager.
Nanoparticle Robots Sweep Away Biofilms
Scientists Drill Down on Bacteria-Fighting Fillings
Surface Topography-Adaptive Robotic Superstructures for Biofilm Removal and Pathogen Detection on Human Teeth. Oh MJ, Babeer A, Liu Y, Ren Z, Wu J, Issadore DA, Stebe KJ, Lee D, Steager E, Koo H. ACS Nano. 2022 Jun 28. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.2c01950. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35764312.
Microrobotics for Precision Biofilm Diagnostics and Treatment. Babeer A, Oh MJ, Ren Z, Liu Y, Marques F, Poly A, Karabucak B, Steager E, Koo H. J Dent Res. 2022 Aug;101(9):1009-1014. doi: 10.1177/00220345221087149. Epub 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35450484.
American dental association is hosting it,s 2022 annual meeting in Houston.
Oral health remains very important to general health and well being, reasons why the American Dental association takes great interest in the Education and Certification of it,s members .
The the annual conference dubbed SmileCon 2022 will be hosted by the city of Houston from the 13-15 of October 2022 at the George Brown convention center Down Town .
The American Dental Association working with it,s partners present free Dental missions Screenings and Treatments on the spot like they have done in previous conferences in Washington DC 2015 and other host cities .
Many health care problems manifest with Oral Symptoms and or signs which are first seen by Dentists during dental check ups .
Dental infections can disseminate , creating Septicemia and other problems if they are not addressed by Dental care professionals in the early phase .
The American Dental Association also gives awards to members and others who have distinguished themselves in their Dental career like Dr Franck in the video interviewed by the Editor of Health and development magazine , Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson during the American dental association annual conference in Washington DC 2015 .
Many of the participants will interact with vendors at the exhibit hall to learn and know what is new or innovations in Dental care technology .
Great presentations by experts in the different disciplines in dental care will add to the knowledge and continuous education credits of participants .
The conference is also an opportunity for members of the Dental profession to network with colleagues and or make new friends .
Registration can be done at the website https://www.ada.org/education/smilecon/registration
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson
The theme of this year’s World Health Day is to recognize the vital role of nurses, midwives and other health workers who are at the forefront of COVID-19 response.
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