Oral health needs more attention

Oral diseases remain a major public health problem across the globe and are taking a toll in developing countries where dental caries and periodontal disease are the two major troublesome ailments. According to a report published by health ministry, dental caries affects about 60 per cent and periodontal disease about 85 per cent of the Indianopulation. Around 70 per cent of school children are suffering from dental caries and more than 90 per cent of the adult population is affected by periodontal disease. Further, India is considered as the world capital for oral cancer due to its high intake of both smoked and smokeless tobacco products. It is estimated that around 75,000 to 80,000 new cases of oral cancers being reported every year in India. That calls for a more effective, organised oral health related medical attention blueprint.

Today, dental implant has emerged as the preferred method of tooth replacement as they function the same as natural teeth. Also, it is a long-term replacement preserving adjacent teeth. The method involves insertion of artificial tooth roots into the jaw to replace missing teeth.

According to an analysis of Reports and Data, the global dental implants market, valued at USD 4.38 billion in 2018, is expected to reach USD 8.06 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 7.9 per cent. A research report by MarketsandMarkets, the global dental implants market is projected to reach USD 13.01 billion by 2023 from USD 9.50 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 6.5 per cent. Another research agency Ameco Research anticipates that the global dental implant and prosthetic market will grow progressive from USD 8,879 million in 2017 to USD 14,490 million in 2024 at a CAGR of 7.2 per cent during the forecast period.

Though the market penetration of dental implants remains low in India, it is expected to a sharp growth attributed to rising disposable income and increasing willingness to consider surgeries related to dental implants. Various studies reveal that the overall market will continue to grow at double-digit rates over the next few years.

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Pravita Iyer

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