Written Question: Oral health as a priority

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 23 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001559/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Deirdre Clune (PPE)

Subject: Oral health as a priority

Oral health is a critical part of health, yet often not sufficiently addressed in the broader health agenda. The last Eurobarometer report on oral health dates back to 2010, and little action has been taken since. However, the UN Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC) recently called for oral health to be part of UHC and several Member States signed a relevant joint statement. Oral health has strong links with general health and is a good indicator of current and future health risks, as oral diseases share common risk factors with other non-communicable diseases (i.e. tobacco and sugar consumption). Furthermore, inequalities are a major concern across Member States, with more deprived citizens and communities being more likely to have poor oral health, while also less likely to be able to afford treatment – a situation only exacerbated by the current crisis.

  1. How does the Commission plan to incorporate oral health into its public health initiatives?
  2. How does it intend to address health inequalities, with particular regard to oral health?
  3. What initiatives does it plan to undertake so that oral health is included in the UHC compendium, an integral part of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3?
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