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HMC: Dental cavities top oral health problems in Qatar; about 85% of students have tooth decay

HMC: Dental cavities top oral health problems in Qatar; about 85% of students have tooth decay

On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is encouraging residents to maintain proper oral health hygiene

“Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing,” said Dr. Mohamed Sultan Al-Darwish, Prosthodontist and Dental Public Health expert at HMC and President of Qatar Dental Society.

According to Dr. Al-Darwish, the most common oral diseases in Qatar are dental cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, oral infectious diseases, trauma from injuries, and hereditary lesions. “In Qatar, dental caries or cavities are the leading oral health problems as our study conducted last year provided solid evidence about this,” said Dr. Al-Darwish.

He explained that the study conducted on a total of 2,113 students in 12 government and four private schools, divided equally between boys’ and girls’ schools, found that about 85% of students had some form of tooth decay.



  1. Hello to You in Qatar,

    I receive daily Google Alerts of unacceptably high rates of DMFT in children and adults in countries from everywhere in the world.

    Five years after retiring from dental practice in 1996 I returned to it with this mission: “Prevent Oral Diseases in Children”.

    In 2001, a SWOT Analysis I performed on the instruction “Brush Your Teeth” rang a million alarm bells. For one, it was created by a Chinese Emperor in 1498, the year he had patented the first ever tooth brush with bristles. (Bristles from the back of a Siberian hog’s neck! Handles of bone or bamboo!

    The O in SWOT, “Opportunities” , led me create an ideal ideal oral hygiene instruction for everyone, children and adults, in this the 21st Century; “Paint Your Mouth”.

    For more information I suggest you:
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    I earnestly believe this information will be helpful to your students.

    Keep Smiling,
    Dr Garth Pettit

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