Oral Health for an Ageing Population

     

Project

 

Oral Health for an Ageing Population Partnership

     

Partners

 

GC International AG and, on behalf of FDI, the American Dental Association-ADA, the Bundeszahnärztekammer-BZK (Germany), the Japan Dental Association-JDA and the Union Française pour la Santé Bucco-Dentaire-UFSBD (France).

     

Objectives

 

1.  Seek to establish the fundamental role of oral health professionals in healthy longevity.

2.  Study opportunities for improved oral disease prevention and treatment of elderly patients and actively promote awareness of research on oral health in ageing populations.

3.  Organize a conference dedicated to the subject once every two years.

     

Brief description

 

FDI and GC International AG new ‘Oral Health for an Ageing Population Partnership’ comes at a particularly opportune time when governments worldwide are under pressure to integrate new demographic trends into policy making, especially in health. For oral health, the issue came under intense debate at the highly successful World Congress 2015: 'Dental care and oral health for healthy longevity in an ageing society’, held in Tokyo in March with the backing of the government of Japan, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by FDI.

The FDI-GC partnership responds to specific items of the declaration from that Congress, notably as regards raising awareness of National Dental Associations on oral health for an ageing population, assessing, sharing outcomes globally and addressing issues at national and global level related to the current state of national and regional dental healthcare policies – and devising solutions to the identified problems.

Based on the role that a healthy mouth plays in maintaining key functions such as ability to chew, nutrition, mobility and independence, the FDI-GC partnership will seek to establish the fundamental role of oral health professionals in healthy longevity.

It will further study opportunities for improved oral disease prevention and treatment of elderly patients and actively promote awareness of research on oral health in ageing populations. One of the partnership’s elements will be to organize a conference dedicated to the subject once every two years

     

Current Activities

 

A survey is now conducted to collect data on oral conditions in ageing populations from FDI member associations.

We need your contribution, please complete this survey

> Access survey (English)
> Access survey (French)
> Access survey (German)
> Access survey (Spanish)

     

Other Activities

 

The first conference was held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 
3-5 May 2016. 
It assembled over 20 distinguished experts from around the globe, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

> More info on the conference

FDI made a statement on a life course approach to healthy ageing at the WHO 69th World health Assembly. 

> FDI Statement on Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing

A symposium on ‘Oral health for an ageing population’ took place during the FDI 2016 Annual World Dental Congress in Poznán, Poland. It was recorded and is now available online. Click to watch each presenter's webcast and slides:

A press conference was held during the FDI 2016 Annual World Dental Congress in Poznán.

Articles reporting the first conference outcomes are in preparation.
 

Members of the Task Team

 

Honorary Chair

  • Dr Kenro Hori (JDA)

Chair

  • Dr Kakuhiro Fukai (JDA)

Members

  • Prof. Judith A. Jones (ADA)
  • Prof. Dr Christoph Benz (BZK)
  • Dr Keita Kobayashi and Prof. Yoshihiro Shimazaki (JDA)
  • Dr Sophie Dartevelle (UFSBD) and Mr Yasuhiro Kataoka (GC)
     

Contact

 

IBourzeix@fdiworldental.org

     

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