Tobacco is one of the greatest public health challenges the world faces today. This World No Tobacco Day, FDI explains how oral health professionals can help limit tobacco use through mindful dialogue with their patients.
FDI is embarking on a new project to promote health and safety in the dental practice.
Dr Gerhard Seeberger gave opening remarks at the launch of Smile Around the World in China, which is implementing oral health workshops in three primary schools in Jiangxi province.
Mouth Heroes for Schools is a multimedia resource that provides teachers with the tools to give lessons on good oral health.
Access to safe water is an essential element of oral health – adding fluoride to a clean water supply often results in community-wide improvements in oral health.
Dr Arif Alvi, president of Pakistan and former FDI Council member, says that “a dollar spent in prevention saves a hundred in curative care.”
FDI will continue to raise awareness about oral health through its Smile Around the World initiative in three Chinese primary schools in 2019.
Brush Day & Night teaches children and adults about the benefits of good oral hygiene and demonstrates how to brush teeth twice-daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
The Smile Around the World project in China has already raised oral health awareness among 3,614 children in three of its western provinces, where there is a demonstrated need to improve oral health.
Results from 10 countries show that oral health promotion and education through a 21-day school programme had a positive impact on toothbrushing behaviour.