Letter from the President: Our FDI Oral Health Campus facilitates new era of online learning

23 June 2020

Letter from the President - June 2020

FDI President Gerhard Seeberger

Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger

FDI President

A message to my friends and colleagues

Knowledge transfer is an essential part of FDI’s strategy to lead the world to optimal oral health. To celebrate our 120-year anniversary this year, we launched our very own webinar platform, the FDI Oral Health Campus.

Our Oral Health Campus will provide continuing education (CE) credit opportunities for dentists and dental teams from around the world. Read on for a first snapshot of what we’ve prepared for you. I also have an important update on the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

Don’t miss our first FDI webinar on the 25th of June

Letter from the President - June 2020

On the 25th of June, I invite you to join FDI Global Periodontal Health Project experts Profs. David Herrera, Jöerg Meyle, Lijian Jin and Stefan Renvert for their live webinar: The road to achieving and maintaining periodontal health. This webinar is the first in a three-part series. The expert panel will update you on the latest research in periodontology and guide you through the essential steps for dental teams and patients to achieving and maintaining optimal periodontal health.

This webinar will provide an update on the latest research in the aetiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases and their effects on systemic health. It includes an evidence-based session on screening for periodontal conditions and informs participants how to apply the new classification of periodontal diseases. The webinar concludes with an introduction to the FDI Disease Profile Assessment Tool and Chairside Guide.

“See” you there!
Register for the webinar today.
Title: The Road to Achieving and Maintaining Periodontal Health
Date: 25 June 2020
Time: 12 PM BST (London)

Join our second webinar on the 8th of July: COVID-19 and dental practice

Letter from the President - June 2020

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak is causing significant disruption to dental practice worldwide. In this FDI webinar, we’ve brought together speakers from four continents to share how the practice of dentistry in their countries has evolved throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, representing both the practitioner and patient points of view. Participants will be invited to discuss with the expert panel during a 30-minute Q&A session.

During this webinar, you will:

  1. understand the different regulations and guidance relevant to dentistry that have been put in place in several countries;
  2. understand other issues relevant to dental practice experienced in those countries, e.g. PPE supply, re-organization of care provision/patient intake); and
  3. understand the impact these measures and issues have had on dental practice.

I hope you’ll join us.
Title: Changes to Dental Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Date: 8 July 2020
Time: 12 PM BST (London)

Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Preparations for the fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury are underway. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 November 2021 in Bali, Indonesia. A number of action items were agreed at COP3 to effectively implement the Minamata Convention and prepare for COP4, and this intersessional work has commenced. COP3 encouraged Parties to take more than the two required measures in accordance with part II of Annex A to the Convention to phase down the use of dental amalgam. You can get a recap on all the decisions from COP3 and how they may affect you here.

Calls to action

I encourage all members to familiarize themselves with the data being collected on the phase down of dental amalgam and the measures implemented at a country level and take the following actions.

  • Ensure your voice is heard: connect with your Ministry of Health and where one exists your Chief Dental Officer and agree your country’s position. Share this with the focal point in your country to update them on what provisions have been implemented and to highlight any challenges dentists in your country face with implementing the phase down of dental amalgam, so that you help to shape your government’s position.
  • Find your focal point here.
  • Submit your position: you can also submit your association’s position directly see section ‘Review of Review of annexes A and B, Dental Amalgam: Submissions from other organizations’ available here.

If your government has already submitted a position, make sure you read it and are aware of its content. If it does not reflect your experiences or address your specific challenges, contact your focal point to communicate your concerns and highlight any evidence you may have.

Take action today so that you can help influence decisions that may impact your daily practice tomorrow.

And, as always, stay safe and stay healthy!

Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger

FDI President

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