|Dental Conditions||Dental Facilities||Negative enviromental Factors|
|6 United Kingdom||0,5||54||16||11,4||22,3%||39,0||66,2|
Italy tops the ranking. Despite ranking seventh in the Decay-Missing-Filled Teeth Index (DMFT Index), Italy has the highest number of dental facilities - 34 - and the lowest cases of alcohol, sugar, and cigarette consumption.
Germany ranks second behind Italy in the index. Germans consume more sugar and alcohol and have a higher proportion of smokers than Italians. For the category of Dental Conditions, Germany and the UK secure joint second place in the DMFT index, with only 0.5 teeth on average being treated for decay at the age of 12.
The UK secures sixth place overall in the ranking largely thanks to a high number of dental schools, whole 16 - more than France, Belgium, and Sweden. Despite a widespread reputation for excessive alcohol consumption, the index reveals that alcohol intake (11,4 litres per year) in the UK is actually lower than many other European countries - including Germany (13,4 litres per year).
Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Austria all rank in the top 10 in the DMFT index but have relatively few dentists. Switzerland ranks 15th overall but 26th - last place in the ranking - for sugar consumption of almost 50 kg per year, and is the only country out of the three to have implemented fluoridation measures.
Dentists per 100,000 inhabitants
Adequate dental care is only possible with enough practising dentists. The total number of practising dentists in a country was taken from the Oral Health Country/Area Profile Project by the University of Malmö on behalf of the World Health Organization. For better comparability, the value was calculated to one per 100,000 inhabitants using population data. The population data were taken from the Eurostat database and the population report of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.
The number of dental schools in each country was taken from the Oral Health Country/Area Profile Project by the University of Malmö on behalf of the World Health Organization.
Alcohol contains particularly high levels of sugar and acids that attack tooth enamel. The average annual alcohol consumption of a person aged 15 years and over is recorded in litres per capita. This data was taken from the article "Alcohol Consumption" by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2020).
Tobacco and cigarettes are carcinogenic. Smoking often leads to teeth discolouration and an increased risk of cancer. The information on the percentage of persons aged 15 and over who smoke tobacco was taken from the article "Smoking" by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2020).
A diet rich in sugar not only has a negative effect on the general well-being but also has a long-term effect on the condition of the teeth. The annual average per capita consumption of sugar in kilograms was taken from the Oral Health Country/Area Profile Project by the University of Malmö on behalf of the World Health Organization.
Measures that contribute to the optimal supply of fluoride include toothpaste, salt, and milk that contain fluoride, and the availability of fluoride tablets and treatments. In some countries, drinking water is already enriched with fluoride to provide better natural protection against tooth decay. The data for this factor was taken from the EU Manual of Dental Practice des Council of European Dentists.
This research was completed on the 06.03.2020.
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