31.03.2015 - FDI and Ivoclar Vivadent join forces in ‘Smile around the world’

26 November 2015



31 March 2015

FDI and Ivoclar Vivadent join forces in ‘Smile around the world’

Geneva, 31 March 2015: FDI World Dental Federation and Ivoclar Vivadent AG are joining forces in ‘Smile around the world’, a project to promote oral health and prevention among disadvantaged children with limited access to oral health care in India and Brazil.

The aim is to raise awareness of oral health in disadvantaged rural and urban communities through cultural and educational programmes that directly involve and entertain. The rationale is that good oral hygiene learned at an early age will help ensure good oral health throughout the life-course.

‘Smile around the world’ is conceived as a participatory project involving dental teams, schoolteachers and schoolchildren. Dental teams selected by NDAs in the participating countries will visit schools to raise teachers’ awareness of the importance of oral health and discuss with them how best to implement project components in a classroom setting.

Smile around the world’ seeks to positively engage the children by involving them in the process through their own creative work so they both understand and participate in the oral health messages. The teacher-training component will ensure the long-term sustainability of the project.

FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong said: “Prevention throughout the life-course is essential for FDI to achieve its vision of ‘Leading the World to Optimal Oral Health’. This is just the kind of project FDI encourages: working closely with children to teach them good oral hygiene is the best way to put them on the path to lifelong oral health.”

“We have a responsibility to work to improve global oral health and we know that patient knowledge will form the basis of our mission,” said Robert A. Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent AG.

About FDI World Dental Federation
FDI World Dental Federation serves as the official representative body for more than 1 million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. Its membership includes approximately 200 national member associations and specialist groups in some 150 countries. FDI is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA).
For more information, visit www.fdiworldental.org

About Ivoclar Vivadent AG
Ivoclar Vivadent, headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative material systems for high-quality dental applications. The company's success is based on a comprehensive portfolio of products and systems, strong research and development capabilities and a clear commitment to training and further education. The company has wholly owned subsidiaries in 26 countries, and it employs over 3,200 people worldwide. More information about Ivoclar Vivadent is available at www.ivoclarvivadent.com





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