30.09.2015 - FDI and GC Corporation announce partnership in ageing and oral health

26 November 2015



30 September 2015

FDI and GC Corporation announce partnership in ageing and oral health

Partnership announces conference in 2016 to discuss improvement for oral disease prevention and treatment of elderly patients

FDI and GC Corporation are joining forces to focus attention on one of today’s crucial issues: oral health for an ageing population, with oral health viewed as a major contributor to quality of life and healthy life years.

The new FDI-GC Corporation’s ‘Oral Health for an Ageing Population Partnership’ comes at 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 this year with the backing of the government of Japan, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by FDI.

Raising awareness
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, hence 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 an ageing populations. One of the partnership’s elements will be to organize a conference dedicated to the subject once every two years, with first one-day session envisaged in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2016.

Public policy agenda
“Governments around the world are acutely aware of the impact of an ageing population in their public health policy,” commented FDI President Dr Patrick Hescot. “Our partnership with GC Corporation will allow us to firmly place ageing and oral health on the public policy agenda.”

“FDI is an excellent partner for GC to work with in this field due to its real and potential contribution to health policy making at international level through WHO and at national level through its member national dental associations,” said GC Chairman Makoto Nakao. “We look forward to excellent and enlightened cooperation in this key area.”

More information about the partnership is available online at www.fdiworldental.org/ageing.

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. FDI’s vision: ‘leading the world to optimal oral health’.

 





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