World Oral Health Day once again an inspiration

26 March 2015

Once again, World Oral Health Day has proved once again to be an inspiration for member national dental associations, dental students and the thousands of participants.

Reports are only just coming in from around the world and signs are that the event has exceeded expectations. FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong addressed a special event in Bogor, Indonesia, organized by the Indonesian Dental Association (PDGI) and Unilever, with participation by the Ministry of Health.

The event featured a pledge by Children from Indonesia to brush in the day and brush at night … and encourage their parents and family members to make a habit of brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

“The treatment of dental diseases is expensive, consuming 5 to 10% of health-care budgets in industrialized countries,” said Dr Wong. “Treatment would exceed the entire financial resources available for the health care of children in most lower-income countries.

As I have pointed out, relatively simple, inexpensive measures can largely prevent many of these conditions and thus reduce the high burden of oral disease – and promote life-long oral health,” concluded the FDI President.

Reports from India and Turkey

In India, celebrations lasted three days and saw the Indian Dental Association organize  World Oral Health Day Dental Check-up Camps, a 3 km ‘Smile for life’ Walkathon in Mumbai by young dental students, a ‘Smile for life’ photographic contest and a street play on oral diseases perfomred by young dental student volunteers.

In Turkey, the Turkish Dental Association created a special World Oral Health Day ‘Oral Health Parliament’ under the presidency of Prof Dr Taner Yucel. Participants included the assistant secretary of the Minister of Health, Prof dr. Eyup Gumus, and representatives from the Public Health Institution of Turkey, the Turkish Society of Cardiology, the Turkish Diabetes Foundation, and the Turkish Thorax Society.

They also included deans of dental faculties, chairs of dental chambers, members of committees. Academics as well as representatives from the industry (Colgate, GSK, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever) and the media.

Country reports are being compiled by the World Oral Health Day team and will soon appear on the World Oral Health Day website.

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