Opinion: Tooth decay is a disease of inequality. Here’s how governments can improve dental care

1. Provide dental care prevention in communities where people reside

2. Get kids into school and provide dental care there

3. Impose a ‘sweet tax’ on companies that produce sugary drinks and other candies

4. African governments must train more dentists and assistant dentists to meet the current deficit

5. Universal health coverage must be the long-term solution to reverse dental health inequities

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Dr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor

Dr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor

Dr. Ifeanyi McWilliams Nsofor is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a leading global health equity advocate.