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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2768-2774

The silent epidemic of common oral diseases among the Arab population: An emerging health problem

1 College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia
2 Dental Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 College of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5 College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Research Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Sultan Al Mubarak
Research Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh 12713
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_323_21

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Oral diseases are often ignored in public health policy within the Arab world, despite being a prevalent public health problem exerting a significant continuous increasing socioeconomic cost. This review paper explored the current status of the common oral diseases (dental caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and oro-facial trauma) in the Arab world through a literature search of the PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar, and Google databases between 1998 and 2021. The literature available revealed sufficient evidence to support that oral diseases are highly prevalent in Arab nations. Collective, multi-sectorial action to reduce and eliminate oral diseases among the Arab population has become an urgent need.

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