Sweden Are World-leaders in Oral Health
Systematic Preventive Care for 80 years
In 1938 public dental care was implemented in Sweden. A long tradition of preventive care with a strong focus on children and young adults who receive free dental care means that Sweden is one of the world leaders in dental health today. 65% of Swedish 12-year-olds have never had any cavities in their teeth. Most adults in Sweden also have good dental health. For instance, twice as many people aged between 75 and 84 still have their own teeth today compared to twenty years ago and Sweden exceeds the WHO goal of having 20 natural teeth at the age of 80 years old.
Folktandvården Skåne, responsible for the public dental care in Region Skåne, is one of Sweden’s ten largest healthcare companies and offers general and specialist dental care, based on extensive experience, knowledge and research.
The specialist dental care complements general dental care and is aimed for those with advanced or special health care needs in the following fields:
- Endodontics (root treatments, root canal)
- Prosthodontics (replacement of lost teeth)
- Orthodontics (orthodontic)
- Periodontics (treatment of periodontitis)
- Pedodontics (specialist pediatric dentistry)
- Orofacial medicine (hospital dentistry)
Sweden is the leading EU country for innovation according to the European Innovation Scoreboard 2018, and Sweden is the source of revolutionary dental innovations such as the Brånemark system (dental implants) and an effective variant of fluoride toothpaste. Sweden also claims two of the world’s top ten dentistry schools according to QS World University Rankings 2018, with a third school in the top 40.
Folktandvården Skåne does research to promote oral health, reduce disease and minimize complications of treatment. With a customer base of almost 500 000 there are unique conditions for conducting patient-oriented research and development, and our clinics also collaborate with universities in the southern part of Sweden. Folktandvården Skåne has over twenty exciting research projects in the areas of jaw pain, preventing caries and implants, tooth loss and prosthetics.
Accessible and Cost-Effective Public and Private System
There is free pricing and free choice for patients in the dentistry market and 45% of dentists work in private practices. To promote evidence-based dental care and the use of the most efficient and cost-effective treatments to patients, the National Board of Health and Welfare issues national guidelines for adult dental care.