2015 World Oral Health Forum

Bangkok, Thailand

Session 1: WHO Guideline on sugars intake for adults and children

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WHO released a guideline recommending that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 g (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits. Given the importance of sugar as a risk factor for caries and other noncommunicable diseases, the panel discussed this important guideline and its consequences. The session aimed at supporting FDI member associations to understand the global and oral health challenges linked to sugar intake.


  • Harry-Sam Selikowitz – Vice-Chair, FDI Science Committee


  • Chizuru Nishida – Coordinator, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization
  • Paula Moynihan – Director, Centre for Oral Health Research, Newcastle University / Director, Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Oral Health, World Health Organization
  • Modi Mwatsama – Nutritionist / Director, Global Health, UK Health Forum
  • Rob Beaglehole – Principal Dental Officer, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board / Tobacco Control Advisor, New Zealand Dental Association

Session 2: Universal health coverage: Towards optimal oral health

The session discussed the incorporation of oral health into universal health coverage (UHC), as a means of achieving optimal oral health. Oral diseases pose unique challenges to the realization of UHC. Oral health must be recognized as a priority and UHC needs to be articulated as a means to achieve improved health outcomes, for the post-2015 development agenda goals to be achieved. The session highlighted the efforts made by the emerging economies and low- and middle- income countries of the world to achieve UHC. A roadmap was also presented which could be used to integrate oral health in the UHC agenda.


  • David Williams – Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London


  • Michael Glick – Editor, Journal of the American Dental Association
  • Manu Mathur – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

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