Oral disease poses a significant public health burden for many countries and affects individuals throughout their lifetime, causing pain, disfigurement, impairment of function and a reduced quality of life. Among populations of low socioeconomic status in developing countries, the practice of maintaining oral hygiene may be completely ignored. Consequentially, they have a larger burden of oral diseases, and this persists throughout the life course, from infancy to old age, independent of a country’s overall economic level. While largely preventable, oral diseases are the most common diseases globally and regionally, affecting an estimated 480 million people (43.7%) in the WHO African Region in 2019.

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