Oral health services include the provision of preventive and urgent dental care to citizens of a given country. Many states across the globe are now grappling with the issue of incorporating these services into their universal health coverage schemes, mainly because these services have for long been neglected. Actually, many countries have majorly focused on the general health coverage forgetting about other but essential services such as oral health care and revision surgery.
However, significant developments in the full implementation of health schemes by states have seen many citizens access affordable dental care, which is commendable. These crucial changes will see the health sector getting reformed as a whole and we hope that in a few years to come, governments will be able to reorganize finances and marshal up resources to ensure that the common citizen is able to access high-quality dental health care.
This transition will actually coincide with the health reform worldwide even though industrialized nations have already forged a huge step ahead of the unfortunate lowly industrialized ones. In some countries, dental health care is made readily available to all, both from the private and public health facilities. Preventive and curative health care are the major areas that these countries lay emphasis on. The situation in several other countries is indeed very different. These services are offered from central and regional hospitals and little, if any, keenness is given to restorative and preventive dental care.
The provision of such services can be enhanced by strategizing on the full implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) as recommended by the World Health Organisation. However, countries can decide to utilize their budgets more constructively through health services provision partnerships with developed countries. Whenever adequate funds are available, it’s only best for countries to deregulate and decentralize dental care services. By doing this, the growing demand for basic dental treatment services will reduce significantly especially for the low-income economies that form the better part of the world’s population.