Dental Care Around the World: How Does the U.S. Stack Up?
We are very fortunate to have access to high quality dental care here in the U.S., particularly in our hometown of Ahwatukee where Dr. Janet Euzarraga has had the honor of being voted a “Best of Ahwatukee” Dentist for the past three years!
However, other populations around the globe are not so fortunate. Access to proper dental care differs widely around the world. And, with oral health being a key indicator of overall health and wellness, we thought we would share a glimpse of how dental care rates around the world. After all, a bright, beautiful smile universally connects all of us!
Which countries rank the highest in dental health?
The top 5 countries for dental care are Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden and the UK. You may be surprised to learn that the U.S comes in at number 9 for dental care! That’s because even though we are so fortunate to have access to high-quality dental care, many Americans are uninsured and fear they are unable to afford dental services or make the mistake of choosing not to visit the dentist due to apprehensions that they will have a negative experience in the dental chair. The lowest ranked country for dental care is Kenya, where families typically have to travel long distances to see a dentist. The top ranked countries for dental care have highly accessible and affordable dental care and populations that demonstrate that they value their oral hygiene and dental care routines.
Diet and dental care
You are what you eat … no matter where you eat it! The dietary and nutrition habits of populations greatly influence dental care statistics around the world. U.S. citizens, and residents of other highly developed countries typically indulge in diets that are high in sugar, processed carbohydrates and other unnatural, unhealthy components. This translates into higher rates of tooth decay and gum disease, especially when coupled with poor dental hygiene. Around the world, poor nutrition has been found to inhibit the growth of teeth and jaws during development and cause problems into adulthood. Domestic and global relief organizations are working to spread education about the link between proper nutrition and oral hygiene in an effort to help solve the global dental care epidemic.
Dental care can be lifesaving!
No matter where you live, dental care can save your life! That’s because a lack of access to dental care is identified as one of the 5 most common factors contributing to non-communicable diseases. Lifestyle habits such as poor diet, smoking, drinking and stress round out the list. It’s important to remember that the mouth acts as a window into the body’s overall health. Advanced tooth decay and periodontal disease may be linked to more serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. That’s why it is SO important to practice a good oral hygiene regimen and visit your dentist regularly.
As you can see, proper dental care contributes to good health and a better quality of life… around the globe! Be sure to take advantage of the high quality dental care at your disposal and contact Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for your appointment today! 480-494-2435