Oral diseases impose a significant burden on the health systems of many countries and cause pain, discomfort, and disfigurement to patients. Most dental disorders include tooth decay, oral cancer, periodontal diseases, and dental trauma. Tooth decay, or dental caries, is the most common dental disease worldwide. Oral diseases are caused by several factors, including tobacco use, sugar consumption, alcohol use, and poor hygiene. According to the WHO data updated in March 2022, approximately 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from oral disease, causing permanent tooth decay.
The prevalence of dental diseases is increasing in most developing countries with urbanization and changing living conditions. Dental diseases are primarily caused by consuming food with high sugar content, high tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. Poor access to dental healthcare services in these countries and inadequate fluoride exposure also contribute to the increased risk of developing oral diseases.
According to the National Health Interviews Survey (NHIS) data, 63.0% of adults aged 18 and above in the U.S regularly visited dental clinics in 2020. According to the World Dental Federation, 50% of the global population suffers from periodontal disease. Cleft lip and palate can affect as many as 1 in 500 births. Noma is commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa. It affects children between the ages of 2 and 6 years suffering from malnutrition, living with very poor oral hygiene, and having infectious diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46% of adults aged 30 years and above in the U.S. have symptoms of periodontal disease. Furthermore, severe periodontal disease affects about 9% of U.S. adults.
The increasing prevalence of dental diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, dental trauma, cleft lips and palate and noma, is increasing the demand for dental care. According to the American Dental Association, there were 201,117 practicing doctors in the U.S. in 2020, representing 60.7 dentists per 100,000. This number is expected to increase to 67.0 per 100,000 by 2040. As of July 2022, there were 98,604 registered dentists in Germany, out of which 72,589 were actively practicing. The number of dentists is increased by 20% as compared to 2021. (Source: Expatica). As the number of practicing dentists is likely to increase, the number of dental hospitals and clinics is also expected to increase, offering opportunities for market growth.
Most countries, such as Germany and Canada, provide dental insurance. Germany has a dual healthcare system that includes both private and public providers. Almost 90% of the population is covered under statutory health insurance, while the rest is covered by private insurance or special schemes. However, out-of-pocket costs for oral health care are considered a restraining factor resulting in unequal access to oral care.
Thus, the increasing dental disease prevalence and rising number of practicing dentists drive the adoption of dental consumables, positively impacting the market. According to Meticulous Research, the global dental consumables market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.8% to reach $67.6 billion by 2029.
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