Smile Around the World concludes chapter in China

07 August 2018 Prevention

Smile Around the World reached its full potential in China thanks to a collaborative effort between FDI, the Chinese Stomatological Association and 3M Oral Care. The initiative aims to raise awareness of oral health in disadvantaged rural and urban communities through engaging oral health education workshops for children around the globe.

The latest initiative was held from March to June 2018 in three provinces – Ningxia, Shaanxi and Yunnan – in six primary schools. The oral health education activities aim to help children establish good oral hygiene habits at a young age. The curriculum is based on seven essential steps to ensure a healthy mouth and smile.

"We are thrilled with the success of the initiative in China. We were able to raise oral health awareness among 3,614 children in western China, where there is a demonstrated need to improve oral health. We’ve worked closely with 115 volunteer dentists and dental students and 90 volunteer schoolteachers."
DR Kathryn Kell, FDI President 

Smile Around the World encourages children to take an active role in their oral health education.

"I’m very excited about the leading role that children played in this initiative. Children were actively involved in Smile Around the World through their own creative work, participating in crafting oral health messages to increase their own understanding of oral health."
DR Kathryn Kell, FDI President

Access to oral healthcare remains uneven throughout the world, including in China. Many children suffer from untreated tooth decay. Through its activities in China, Smile Around the World aims to create a lasting impression of the importance of good oral health. To encourage sustainability of the programme after its official conclusion, schoolteachers and oral health professionals were trained to teach effective oral disease prevention strategies to their students and patients.

Smile Around the World plans to continue its activities in other regions in the near future.

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