The Gap Between the Oral Health of those with Serious Mental Health Disorders and the General Population: A Major Public Health ProblemAuthor(s): Maitre Yoann
The mapping of databases for Caisse nationale d'assurance maladie des travailleurs (CNAM-TS) in France is imprecise, since many people with psychiatric disorders have difficulty accessing the health system and are not visible on the databases. However, it is estimated that people suffering from serious psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, have a premature mortality rate on average, one that is four times higher than for others, and who die between 13 years (for women) and 16 years (for men) on average earlier than the rest of the population . In the field of oral health, we observed inequality in the treatment between these individuals and France’s general population, as well as worldwide. In the interests of efficiency and equity, dental care systems should focus on the promotion and maintenance of oral health, as a strong case can be made for the risk factors between oral, physical, and mental health.