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The Growing Prevalence of Dental Diseases Drives the Dental Consumables Market

   March 9, 2023

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. Dental caries is among the most common health concerns in developing countries, affecting 60–90% of school children and most adults. Dental caries results when plaque forms on the surface of a tooth and converts the free sugars (added sugars as well as sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices) from food and drinks into acids that destroy the tooth over time. Periodontal diseases are prevalent both in developed and developing countries, with the prevalence increasing from 14% of the global population in 2019 to 19% in 2022 (Source: WHO).

The prevalence of dental diseases is increasing in most developing countries with rapid urbanization and changing living conditions. Dental diseases are primarily caused by consuming food with high sugar content, high tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. For instance, a large section of the population in China suffers from serious caries and poor periodontal conditions. According to the 4th National Oral Health Epidemiology Survey, periodontal disease and dental caries are still major diseases in China. According to the State Council of China, sugar consumption is high in the country and is expected to reach 16.44 million metric tonnes by 2030.

The increasing prevalence of dental diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, dental trauma, and cleft lips and palate, 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, 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.

As aging is associated with progressive deterioration in the structure and function of organs, the risk of dental diseases increases with age. While common among older patients, xerostomia is more likely to occur in people with a daily intake of more than four prescription medications.

Older adults are at increased risk of root caries because of an increased gingival recession that exposes root surfaces and a higher use of medications that produce xerostomia; approximately 50% of persons older than 75 have root caries affecting at least one tooth. More than 36 million people in America are edentulous. Almost 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. The number of older adults is estimated to increase globally. For instance, according to the United Nations, the global population of people aged 65 and older is estimated to increase to 1.5 billion by 2050, from 703 million in 2019. The increase in the number of older adults globally is expected to drive the dental consumables market as there is more probability of older adults to undergo dental procedures due to deteriorating health.

Thus, the growing prevalence of dental disease and the rising number of older adults drive the adoption of dental consumables, positively impacting the market.

According to Meticulous Research®, the global dental consumables market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.8% to reach $61.68 billion by 2030.

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