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.