Global Oral Health Database
The global oral health database is currently being developed as part of the WHO Global InfoBase and it provides for the outcome evaluation of national and community oral health promotion and disease prevention programmes. The data stimulate providers of oral health care in countries and health authorities to implement preventive oral care programmes by sharing experiences and ensures data for adjustment of ongoing programmes. Oral health status of target population groups is monitored worldwide and linked with selected chronic diseases and common risk factors.
To ensure outcome driven oral health systems and programmes.
The future database will incorporate systematic information on risk factors for oral health and link oral health to general health data. Oral health systems data and selfcare practices are to be included.
Oral health status is mapped for target population groups at global level in order to describe the oral disease burden.
Key persons in Member States are trained for data collection by the Oral Health Unit; calibration trials for epidemiological recording and advice on sampling for national surveys take place based on the WHO Oral Health Surveys Basic Methods manual (1997).
Priority area info
The information system addresses oral diseases as part of the NCD burdens and it incorporates data on oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and oral cancer.
The information is targeted towards oral health planners and decision-makers at country level (Ministries of Health) and the WHO Oral Health instruments are used in health systems research worldwide.