Whole Mouth Health summit proceedings define a pathway to global oral health literacy

06 November 2019 Congress

The full proceedings of the Whole Mouth Health (WMH) summit organized at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress are now available.

Background

On the 5th and 7th of September 2019, FDI hosted a two-day summit to introduce the WMH Project, which focuses on achieving global oral health literacy through behaviour change and empowerment. During the summit, participants identified key contact points with patients, defined strategies for improved communication, and discussed clinician and patient empowerment.

Building on the conclusions drawn from the summit, the WMH Project will begin the process of developing oral health education resources in co-production with relevant stakeholders. This will ultimately produce a range of materials and provide insight into how oral health information and messages resonate differently with different populations.

About the Whole Mouth Health Project

The WMH Project, which is supported by Colgate, is the continuation of a long-standing collaboration to address the challenge of oral diseases. The project is designed to improve oral hygiene and prevention through interventions to build patient oral health literacy, achieve behaviour change, and support oral health professionals in empowering their patients to improve their oral health.

Health literacy means being able to understand health information and make informed decisions about personal well-being. Limited oral health literacy contributes poorer overall health outcomes and an increased risk of developing oral diseases. The WMH Project aims to bring about a “next generation of prevention” by focusing on everyday routines and helping people understand the actions needed to achieve optimal oral health.

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