FDI Oral Health Atlas now available in French and Spanish

15 March 2016

FDI released French and Spanish versions of the second edition of its Oral Health Atlas called The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action. A press conference attended by the President of FDI, Patrick Hescot, the President of the Consejo General de Dentistas de España, Oscar Castro, and the Secretary General of the Consejo General de Dentistas de España, Juan Carlos Llodra, took place in Madrid to present and compare global oral health findings taken from the Atlas with the current context of oral health and dentistry in Spain.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Oscar Castro (CGDE President), Dr. Patrick Hescot (FDI President), Sr. Juan Carlos Llodra (Secretary General, CGDE)

“Encouraged by the success [of the first Atlas], FDI decided to embark on a new publication, allying the virtues of the original Atlas with a new activism,” said Dr Hescot. “The focus was not only on identifying the issues, but also on bringing about change.”

The French and Spanish versions follow the release of the English version at the 2015 Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action is as an advocacy resource for all oral healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in oral health. It highlights the extent of oral diseases worldwide and reflects on policies and strategies addressing the global burden.

At the national level, Dr Castro addressed the most pressing oral health challenges in Spain during the press conference. One of the most worrying being the high prevalence of oral disease, as 86% of people over 12 years old have dental caries in their permanent teeth. This is equivalent to 33 million people or 371 million affected teeth. Dr Castro highlighted the need for good behavior for oral health, an example being reducing consumption of the main risk factors such as sugar, tobacco and alcohol.

The new edition of the Atlas is aimed at national dental associations, health organizations, industry professionals and the general public to provide them with the means they need to address policy makers, governments and local authorities and advocate for change in oral health-related policies.

The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action is available in English, French and Spanish free of charge on the FDI website.

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