About the Data Hub

FDI is building its Data Hub as an easy-to-use, one-stop-shop for global oral health data. The online database, part of the Vision 2020 project, provides FDI members and policy makers with tools to support and promote advocacy for the dental profession. The FDI Data Hub has therefore two aims: on the one hand, to present all available data and, on the other, clearly indicate what data are missing and where. Thus, maps and tables provide a fair visual presentation of collated data, they also visually highlight—and this is their purpose—where the data gaps are in the world.

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About the data

The data used herein is publicly available from international sources including the World Health Organization (GHO and Infobase), Niigata UniversityMalmö UniversityWorld Bank and Globocan. Tremendous efforts have been made by many organizations around the world to collect data on oral health. Yet, significant gaps remain due to a lack of regular country-by-country updates – highlighting the crucial need to remedy the dearth of data in the field of oral health and oral diseases.

FDI recognizes the urgency of addressing these limitations and, with this in mind, welcomes the opportunity of collaborating with National Dental Associations and other global health organizations. In many cases, gaps in data might be representative of a given country’s current situation. However, data often exists but has not been shared to be updated. Despite great effort to present the most up-to-date and reliable data sets, inaccuracies in the data may persist.

Please note that for the purpose of data visualization, all maps found on the FDI Data Hub use either data averages or data taken at a specific time, thus simplifying the global picture of oral health. We advise our users to be cautious on deriving conclusions and using the different data representations.

Despite our continuous efforts to keep all data up to date, we would like to highlight that discrepancy between the cancer data presented here and its source (Globocan) might arise due to updates synchronization. Therefore, we encourage Globocan to check for the latest updated cancer data.

If you are using the Globocan cancer data from our website, we would like to request you cite the source as:

Ferlay J., Soerjomataram I., Ervik M., Dikshit R., Eser S., Mathers C., Rebelo M., Parkin D.M., Forman D., Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 07/10/2014.

We are open to suggestions. If you have any comments or data that can help enhance the accuracy of the global oral health status, please send them to info@fdiworldental.org.

Permission to use

FDI World Dental Federation encourages the use of the information available in the FDI Data Hub. However, maps and other materials may not be reproduced, stored or shared without written permission. These may be used as illustrations in presentations, lectures and publications - as long as the source is cited as follows:

FDI Data Hub for global oral health - FDI World Dental Federation

To obtain permission to reproduce materials for website and other use, please send your request to:
FDI World Dental Federation
Avenue Louis Casaï 51
1216 Geneva, Switzerland

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