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WHO’s Global oral health status report (GOHSR) provides the first-ever comprehensive picture of oral disease burden and highlights challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress towards universal coverage for oral health. This includes introducing oral health profiles of countries based on the latest available data from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and global WHO surveys. It emphasizes the global impact of oral disease on our health and well-being and highlights stark inequalities, with a higher disease burden for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged population groups within and across societies.

The Oral Health Nepal 2022 country profile will serve as a reference for policy-makers and an orientation for a wide range of stakeholders across different sectors to guide advocacy towards better prioritization of oral health in national context.

Oral Disease Burden: Prevalence of oral diseases (2019)

  • Prevalence of untreated caries of deciduous teeth in children 1-9 years: 51.2%
  • Prevalence of untreated caries of permanent teeth in people 5+ years: 31.5%
  • Prevalence of severe periodontal disease in people 15+ years: 14.8 %
  • Prevalence of edentulism in people 20+ years: 1.4%

Lip and oral cavity cancer, all ages (2020)

  • Total Number of new cases: Female (236), Male (608), Total (844)
  • Incidence rate (per 100 000 population): Female (1.7), Male (5.5), Total ( 3.4)
Risk Factors for Oral Diseases
  • Per capita availability of sugar (g/day): Total (18.5)
  • Prevalence of current tobacco use, 15+ years (%): Female (13.8), Male (49.1), Total (31.5)
  • Per capita alcohol consumption, 15+ years (liters of pure alcohol/year): Female (0.3), Male (1.1), Total (0.6)
Economic impact related to treatment and prevention of oral diseases (2019)
  • Total expenditure on dental healthcare in million: 89 US$
  • Per capita expenditure on dental healthcare: 3.1 US$
  • Total productivity losses due to 5 oral diseases in million: 54 US$
  • Affordability of fluoride toothpaste: unaffordable
  • Number of labour days needed to buy annual supply of fluoride toothpaste per person: 1.8

Please refer WHO Global oral health status report for source of data with proper referencing.

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WHO Global oral health status report 

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