The power of prevention in fighting oral diseases and maintaining overall health
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Alarming figures recently published in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Oral Health Status Report reveal that close to half the world’s population (45% or 3.5 billion people) suffer from untreated oral diseases. On top, global cases have skyrocketed by one billion over the past 30 years. Worryingly, the report also reveals that untreated oral diseases – including the top two issues of untreated cavities (caries) and severe gum disease – affect more people worldwide than mental disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancers combined. With numerous other studies revealing a strong link between poor oral health and chronic diseases, the WHO’s findings are a timely reminder of just how important good, long-term oral health habits are in not only helping you prevent oral diseases, but also in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing – not just today on World Oral Health Day, but every day. 
The importance of prevention
Today, we know oral diseases are largely preventable and if diagnosed early require only simple intervention to treat – a point highlighted in the WHO’s report. The WHO's 2021 landmark resolution, which underpins that maintaining a healthy mouth can reduce your chances of developing wider health issues, also highlights the importance of preventing oral diseases through both regular dental check-ups and good brushing at home. Sadly, the WHO report findings are a clear and worrying signal that too many people still struggle to access the oral health care they need and deserve.
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Empowering a future of healthy mouths
The WHO’s findings are a reminder on this World Oral Health Day of the vital importance of investing in a healthy mouth – for life. With the awareness and importance of the link between oral and overall health growing each day, Philips continues to innovate to help you adopt good habits and take charge of your oral health at home effortlessly and effectively; because a healthy mouth now may mean less health-related issues for you in the future.
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