02.10.2013 - FDI approves five Policy Statements

26 November 2015



02 October 20132

FDI approves five Policy Statements

FDI has just issued five policy statements. They were approved by the World Dental Parliament at its sessions during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress held in Istanbul from 28 to 31 August 2013.

The five Policy Statements will be published in the December 2013 edition of the International Dental Journal. The subjects covered include Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs); Oral Health and the Social Determinants of Health; Oral Infection/Inflammation as a Risk Factor for Systemic Diseases; Salivary Diagnostics; and Bisphenol-A in Dental Restorative and Preventive Materials.

FDI Policy Statements are declarations of current thinking on various significant issues related to oral health, oral health policies and the dental profession. They are put together by FDI’s Science Committee in collaboration with partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), through intensive discussion, consensus among leading dental experts from around the world and wide consultation with all national dental associations.

Significant achievement
“These Statements reflect the significant achievements of global dental professionals’ great teamwork!” said Prof. Li-Jian Jin, Chairman of the FDI Science Committee. “They address in a timely manner some of the most crucial issues related to health care professionals worldwide. It is recognized that oral health care professionals play an important role for people’s optimal oral health and general health.

“It is now essential for all national dental associations to convert these new policy statements into global action!” added the Science Committee Chairman.

A privileged and unique position
“Issuing five Policy Statements is yet another record-breaking achievement of the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Istanbul!” said FDI President Dr Tin-Chun Wong. “It is heartening to see FDI address these concerns, which are all vital to the future of oral health and oral health policy”.

“As the authoritative voice of dentists worldwide, FDI is in a privileged and unique position to develop and disseminate key policies and standards related to all aspects of oral health care,” stressed the FDI President.

A focus on prevention
The FDI Policy Statement on Bisphenol-A (BPA) is the first that FDI has issued on the subject. Currently, no dental materials are made from BPA, but the minimum residue that may remain from the manufacturing process can expose patients to minute amounts during and shortly after dental treatment.

Due to limited research currently available on resulting impacts, FDI strongly discourages the use of BPA in the manufacture of dental materials and highlights greater awareness of the importance of prevention of dental caries, thereby reducing the need for dental restorative materials.

The dentist and salivary testing
The FDI Policy Statement on ‘Salivary Diagnostics’ updates ‘Saliva as a Diagnostic Fluid’ adopted by the FDI General Assembly in Montreal in 2005 and reconfirmed in 2009. It highlights the need for oral health care professionals to be aware of the growing potential of non-invasive salivary tests and their important implications in clinical practice.

FDI strongly encourages further basic, translational and clinical studies on salivary tests and each National Dental Association to clarify the role of the dentist within the health care team regarding salivary testing.

A central advisory role
The FDI Policy Statement on Oral Infection/Inflammation revises a previous Statement ‘The association between oral health and general health’, approved by the FDI General Assembly in Singapore in 2009. In the revised Statement, FDI stresses that all health care professionals should understand the clinical implications of oral disease in systemic health and general well-being.

It calls on national dental associations and oral health care professions worldwide to assume a central advisory role in translating science into public awareness and policy, and for FDI, working in collaboration with the WHO, to advocate the inclusion of oral health in government health policy and promote regular access to oral health care.

Prevention and control
With the common risk factor approach to disease control and prevention now inscribed in UN principle, the FDI Policy Statement on ‘Non-communicable Diseases’ takes the recognition of the impact of oral health on general health one step further.

This Statement advocates incorporating oral health prevention and control strategies into the NCD agenda, interventions, programmes and campaigns. It calls on FDI and its member national dental associations to make governments, policy makers and community leaders more aware of the great importance of major common risk factors affecting both oral health and other NCDs.

Engage!
The common risk factor theme also emerges in the FDI Policy Statement ‘Oral Health and the Social Determinants of Health’, which sees the dentists worldwide aligning with other health care professionals to deplore “the structural determinants and conditions of daily life responsible for a major part of health inequities between and within countries”.

Among other things, the Statement calls on FDI to engage with key partners, notably WHO and the IADR, to develop an integrated approach to reducing oral health inequalities globally. It further calls upon oral health care professionals, in the interest of oral health in all policies, to engage with leaders and policy-makers of government and NGOs, locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

More from: Christopher M. Simpson / FDI Communications Manager / csimpson@fdiworldental.org / Call +41 22 560 8134 / Fax +41 22 560 8140

Note to FDI national Liaison Officers: please forward this press release to your national press and association members.

FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. Its membership includes approximately 200 national member associations and specialist groups from well over 130 countries. The FDI Annual World Dental Congress, held every year in different locations around the world, provides a unique opportunity for professionals and all other sectors related to oral healthcare to meet and learn from one another. FDI’s vision: ‘leading the world to optimal oral health’.

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