Oral health continues to be one of the most neglected areas of global health. The tragedy is that oral disease is a silent epidemic afflicting some 3.58 billion people—more than half the world’s population—while it’s largely preventable.
FDI Treasurer Dr Greg Chadwick is also the dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina. His university was recently named an Apple Distinguished School. This selection highlights the school’s success as an innovative learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.
The Journal of Dental Research has published a paper written by researchers at Wuhan University School & Hospital of Stomatology with recommendations for dental practitioners and dental students in light of COVID-19.
World Oral Health Day is only a couple weeks away. Policymakers and governments can help address the oral disease burden by making a pledge to strengthen oral healthcare systems at the national level. World Oral Health Day encourages policymakers to take action today for better oral health outcomes tomorrow.
Chronic diseases, like oral disease and obesity, share many of the same risk factors. World Obesity Day calls for more comprehensive solutions, treatment, and collective responsibility for addressing this global epidemic together.
FDI ensured oral health was not ignored during ministerial debates at the 146th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board. Country-level health policies must integrate strategies to address oral diseases in order to deliver real person-centered care.
As a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), FDI ensures oral health is included when ministers debate global health priorities, action plans and targets. FDI is delivering three statements at the WHO Executive Board to press for further commitments on oral health.