In the last 10 years, Italy has achieved record levels of tooth decay.
The Italian national dental health service has recorded 2,744,000 cases of cavities in the country.
But the country has the third-highest incidence of dental infections in the world, behind only Japan and the US, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study found that in Italy, between 2008 and 2015, there were nearly a third more dental infections than the average population, resulting in more than 16 million infections.
In the period from 2009 to 2011, there was an average of 10.6 million cases of dental infection.
Italy has the second-highest rate of tooth abscesses in the European Union, behind Finland, with over one million per 100,000 population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 2.3 million abscessed teeth in the US and Canada in 2015, compared to less than 600,000 in Italy.
And the study noted that the prevalence of dental abscess and cavities has been rising in Italy over the last decade, as the economy has become increasingly dependent on tourism and industrial production.
This has led to the increase in cavities and abscess infections.
In a report by the health ministry last year, experts warned that the Italian population may be headed towards a crisis due to the rising numbers of cavies and absences.
“The epidemic of dental health care in Italy is increasing the risk of developing a chronic condition of tooth loss,” the report stated.
“It may lead to a decrease in the quality of dental care, a rise in the incidence of infections and a decrease of the quality and quality-control of dental procedures.
As the number of cavites and absessions in Italy has risen in recent years, more and more people have been affected by the disease,” said Francesco Calabrese, the head of the European dental health network, in a press conference in Milan.
Despite this, Calabreess said the health system in Italy still did not meet its international obligations to protect the public and improve dental hygiene.
He said the country had been slow to address the issue of the prevalence and the need for improved dental hygiene among the population, with the government not doing enough to educate its citizens on dental hygiene practices.
Calabrese noted that Italy has a population of around 1.3 billion people, and while it was able to address its health issues, it has a huge gap between its population and the amount of resources allocated to its health system.
It has been reported that a lack of education about dental hygiene and hygiene practices among Italian citizens has led many people to refuse dental treatment and even die.
Experts say that there is a need for increased funding to improve dental care in the nation.
A recent study found dental conditions in Italy were among the worst in Europe, with more than one-third of Italians suffering from dental diseases.
Dental care is also severely lacking in the city of Rome, where only about 10% of all residents have access to dental treatment.
There is also the problem of a lack in healthcare workers in the region, as most dentists do not have a dental clinic and have not been trained in proper dental hygiene or proper dental treatment, according the report.
However, Calcareess said he hoped the government would work with Italian businesses to improve the healthcare system.