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Untreated oral conditions rose to 3.5 billion in 2015

March 22, 2017

London — Oral health did not improve globally between 1990 and 2015, according to an analysis from King’s College London Dental Institute.

The study assessed progress toward Federation Dental International, World Health Organization and International Association for Dental Research’s oral health goals of reducing the level of oral diseases and minimizing their impact by 2020, according to a news release. “Global Burden of Oral Conditions in 1990-2015: A Systemic Analysis,” was authored by Wagner Marcenes, Ph.D., and published in March by the International and American Association for Dental Research.

The number of people with untreated oral conditions rose from 2.5 billion in 1990 to 3.5 billion in 2015, so the author concluded that greater efforts, and potentially different approaches, are needed if international oral health goals are to be achieved by 2020, the release said.

“Although numerous discoveries and advancements have been achieved to combat and prevent oral health conditions, as a community we know that further efforts are required toward improving oral health worldwide and reducing the global burden of oral diseases,” said Dr. Raul Garcia, American Association for Dental Research president-elect, in the release.

In addition to the study and a perspective article, a companion podcast is available, featuring Drs. Marcenes and Garcia and moderated by Journal of Dental Research Editor Jessia Lee, at