STAT November 21, 2022
Ambar Castillo

On Friday, oral health advocates across the globe got an early holiday gift from their longtime wish lists. They had been waiting their whole careers — for some STAT spoke with, up to nearly half a century — for oral health to be folded into conversations calling for health care access for all. The World Health Organization’s new Global Oral Health Status report took that first step.

“This integration […] is really something that’s never happened before,” said Lisa Simon, a dental-licensed physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and one of STAT’s 2022 Wunderkinds.

The WHO report offers data on 194 countries’ oral disease caseload and mortality rates, highlighting differences in the prevalence of oral health problems across different regions....

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