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It's not just America that is affected by the dental health crisis, but the entire world. According to the FDI World Dental Federation, individuals in almost every part of the world are experiencing difficulty gaining access to affordable dental care, and if nothing is done about this problem, there will be an "unimaginable explosion" of dental disease.
In response to this, the FDI has released a statement with a plan to have this issue under control by 2020.
"Risk factors for oral diseases are the same as for many of the most common non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. As oral disease escalates, we can expect to see a greater incidence of all the associated diseases, at great cost to society." said Orlando Monteiro da Silva, D.M.D., the president of FDI.
The oral physician added that world leaders have to act now for this crisis to be resolved by 2020.
The plan the FDI has set out involves expanding access to affordable dental care, closing the gap between people's knowledge of the connection between dental and overall health, and increasing the role of dental health professionals.
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