Progressive realisation of universal access to oral health services: what evidence is needed?

The BMJ Global Health | Commentary

Summary box

  • Oral disorder has the highest global prevalence rate of all diseases and has been increasing over the past two decades.

  • In addition to inadequate service provisions and funding, existing monitoring systems are fragmented, irregular, and lacking indicators for monitoring progress, informing policy and holding policymakers accountable.

  • Universal oral health services should be integrated into national universal health coverage agendas.

  • To achieve this, countries need to develop and monitor essential indicators in the following domains: population coverage, service provision, access to care and financing.