In May 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) passed Resolution WHA74.5. This landmark resolution highlighted the importance of Oral Health. The WHO Global Health agenda wants tackle the growing burden of non-communicable chronic diseases (NCD’s) and this resolution recognises the significance of oral health and that improving oral health can improve general health and reduce the growing burden of disease.
Non Communicable Disease (NCD) includes all non transmissible diseases such as heart and lung disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and many cancers. According to WHO data, collectively these diseases account for 7 out of every 10 deaths globally.
Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease in children in Ireland with many common risk factors for other chronic diseases. This may be the first sign that a child will be vulnerable to other chronic diseases throughout their life. Interventions that tackle chronic disease in young patients could improve their longer term health.
The Orthodontic Society of Ireland was one of a number of stakeholders who accepted the WHO invitation to support this resolution and contribute to change and you can read our submission here.