Amalgam
08/30/2020

Phase down of dental amalgam is the only equitable and feasible approach globally

FDI calls for evidence-based strategies to help in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the phase down of dental amalgam.

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FDI Executive Director Enzo Bondioni

FDI Executive Director Enzo Bondioni (center) speaks at COP3, joined by IDM Ambassador Ms Pam Clark (right) and ISO/TC 106 Chair Prof. Dr Gottfried Schmalz (far right).

At its third meeting, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury agreed on a number of action items to effectively implement the Minamata Convention and prepare for COP4 to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from 1 to 5 November 2021. 

Parties and others were invited to provide information related to the availability, technical and economic feasibility of non-mercury alternatives to dental amalgam, as well as their health and environmental risks and benefits. This intersessional work is key in helping to prepare for COP4. 

Since its adoption in 2013, FDI has supported the implementation of the Convention. FDI has focused its advocacy efforts on the convention provisions relating to prevention; promoting research and development of quality mercury-free materials for dental restoration; and best management practices for amalgam waste. 

FDI submitted the following statement for the intersessional work related to dental amalgam, under item Information on non-mercury alternatives to dental amalgam. 

FDI World Dental Federation Submission

Information on non-mercury alternatives to dental amalgam

FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) fully supports the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Minamata Convention on Mercury, including its nine provisions on the phase down of use of dental amalgam defined in Annex A, Part II of Article 4.

FDI serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide through its membership, which comprises 200 national dental associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries.

The organization is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and, with its members, stands ready to support countries in the implementation of the phase down of dental amalgam according to the World Health Assembly Resolution adopted at the 67th World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHA67.11).

The Convention is an environmentally focused instrument. However, there are many articles in which Ministries of Health play a leading role in its implementation, and measures to phase down dental amalgam is one such example1.

To support Parties and UNEP in gathering information on non-mercury alternatives and planning strategies around the phase down of dental amalgam. FDI recommends the following:

1. Invest in disease prevention and health promotion

The Minamata Convention presents a unique opportunity for primary prevention of dental caries to be promoted as being the optimum strategy to phase down dental amalgam. Resources should, therefore, be invested in population-wide cost-effective public health measures2 and strategies to improve health literacy. This will help lessen the need for any restorative work and reduce the demand for dental amalgam.

 

2. Breakdown silos and work together with all relevant stakeholders to develop the most sustainable strategies to manage the phase down of dental amalgam

In line with WHA67.11 and as preparatory work for COP3, the WHO conducted a survey in October 2019 among Chief Dental Officers, senior advisors and academics in oral health at the Ministry of Health, and directors of WHO Collaborating Centres (Appendix 1). A total 79 participants from 71 countries and territories completed the survey. Worryingly, approximately half of the participants reported they had not been involved in meetings organized either by the Ministry of Environment or Ministry of Health to discuss the implementation of the Convention or the phase down in use of dental amalgam. 

When gathering information on non-mercury alternatives and outlining strategies for the phase down of dental amalgam, Parties, specifically the Ministries of Environment, must work with their Ministries of Health, National Dental Associations and Chief Dental Officers (where they exist), to understand the challenges and the feasibility of any recommended approaches. 

It is vital that these ministries’ Parties to the Convention engage the oral health community during the discussions, strategic planning, and delivery of activities to phase down the use of dental amalgam to ensure all views are considered. 

Setting up a national coordination committee under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health could create an environment conducive to consensus building for the health sector.

 

3. Increase research into fully effective alternatives to dental amalgam and make evidence-based recommendations according to the latest science

A phase-down approach is the only equitable and feasible strategy that should be enforced at this time. According to WHO, phasing out dental amalgam without the required supporting evidence on alternatives, national situation assessments, and the involvement of key stakeholders could compromise the delivery of quality dental treatments and increase health inequalities in access to essential oral healthcare and therefore impact the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

Increased research and development of quality mercury-free materials for dental restorations, including their potential environmental impact is needed. FDI advocates that all treatment decisions should be based on the best available scientific evidence, the best interests of the patient and the best clinical judgement by the practitioner while considering the integrity of the environment3.

FDI fully supports the joint submission from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the American Dental Association4. Dental amalgam is the most affordable treatment option in many cases both in terms of cost of placement and how long it lasts. 

FDI agrees that “By working together to promote research into fully effective alternatives to dental amalgam, the world community can assist in efforts to reduce reliance on mercury while still protecting the health of the public. In other words, the current approach to dental amalgam memorialized in the Minamata Convention offers the best chance to protect both the environment and the public.”

 

4. Ensure access to safe, effective and affordable alternative restorative materials

Dental amalgam has been used for over 150 years around the world as a safe, durable, and cost-effective material to repair tooth decay (dental caries). Although much progress has been made in developing alternative restorative materials, they are still not “technically and economically feasible” for many resource-limited settings. FDI agrees with the latest research update on alternative materials from the IADR4, which found that alternative restorative materials “… are not practical for all clinical settings or in settings that lack a reliable source of electricity or other necessary equipment …” and “… addressing deficiencies of alternatives to dental amalgam … require[s] continued investments in research to accelerate development of these products, move them from the lab to the market, and to increase their affordability”.

The phasing down of dental amalgam before the availability of safe, effective, and affordable alternatives, particularly in resource-limited settings, would negatively impact oral health from both an individual and population perspective. It is important to reiterate the need for further research, both private and public, to make available a quality mercury-free restorative material that is affordable, biocompatible, clinically effective, user-friendly, and environmentally sound.

 

5. Implement dental amalgam phase down strategies that are most appropriate to the national context

As highlighted by WHO, FDI recognizes that the phase down and potential phase out of dental amalgam is not a “one-size fits-all solution” for all countries and tailored strategies should be implemented at the country level based on specific needs and situations. However, substantial preliminary work is required at both global and national levels before moving towards a complete phase out of dental amalgam. Phasing out of dental amalgam without the required supporting evidence on alternatives could lead to quality dental treatments being compromised, an increase in the number of teeth extractions as access to appropriate treatment regimens are no longer available, specifically in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and a reduced quality of life for people.

FDI fully supports the WHO position in that efforts should focus on accelerating the phase down in use of dental amalgam through a comprehensive, stepwise, and inclusive process that considers a timescale for implementation according to national contexts. Phasing out dental amalgam in the short-term is seen as premature, particularly for LMICs with a high prevalence of untreated dental caries.

FDI advocates for the continued phase down of use of dental amalgam, but countries and dentists must be given access to safe, effective, and affordable alternative restorative materials as well as the appropriate training for their use. This will not become a reality in many countries, particularly in resource-limited settings, without sustainable funding, a greater emphasis on prevention, increased research on amalgam alternatives, and best management practices for amalgam waste.

Download the full submission here
 
Read more about the COP4 intersessional period here

Calls to action

FDI encourages all FDI members to familiarize themselves with the data being collected on the phase down of dental amalgam and the measures implemented at a country level and take the following actions.

Ensure your voice is heard: Connect with your Ministry of Health and where one exists your Chief Dental Officer and agree your country’s position. Share this with the focal point in your country to update them on what provisions have been implemented and to highlight any challenges dentists in your country face with implementing the phase down of dental amalgam, so that you help to shape your government’s position.

If your government has already submitted a position, make sure you read it and are aware of its content. If it does not reflect your experiences or address your specific challenges, contact your focal point to communicate your concerns and highlight any evidence you may have. 

Find your focal point here.

Take action today so that you can help influence decisions that may impact your daily practice tomorrow.

 

References

1. World Health Organization. Strategic planning for implementation of the health-related articles of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/strategic-planning-for-implement... [Accessed 13 July 2020].

2. World Health Organization. Tackling NCDs: 'best buys' and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. Available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/259232 [Accessed 13 July 2020].

3. FDI World Dental Federation. Policy statement: Dental Amalgam Phase Down. Available from: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/resources/policy-statements/dental-amalga... [Accessed 13 July 2020].

4. ADA and IADR. Minamata Convention Conference of Parties 4 Statement. Available from: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Portals/11/documents/meetings/COP4/subm... [Accessed 13 July 2020].

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    FDI calls on its members to Stand Up for Positive Practice Environments to strengthen the entire health sector
  • FDI interview
    12/02/2020
    Conversations with leading women in dentistry series: Q&A with the Women in Dentistry Project experts
  • FDI member_Cambodia Dental Association
    12/02/2020
    Smile Grant recipients from Cambodia and Croatia deliver safe oral healthcare despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Rebeka FDI Testimonial
    11/27/2020
    Rebeka, 28, shares her story on how COVID-19 severely impacted her oral health
  • Lamster Ira
    11/24/2020
    A new direction for the International Dental Journal: Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Prof. Ira Lamster
  • FDI_antibiotic resistance
    11/13/2020
    Study shows dramatic rise in antibiotics prescribed to dental patients in England during COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year
  • Prof. Shlomo Zusman
    11/04/2020
    “Good oral health habits must start at a young age,” says Prof. Shlomo P. Zusman, FDI dental public health expert
  • FDI members distribute PPE on World Oral Health Day
    10/29/2020
    COVID-19: FDI members distributed PPE for dental teams on World Oral Health Day
  • FDI women in dentistry_Fiona Ellwood
    10/23/2020
    Conversations with leading women in dentistry series: Fiona Ellwood, dental nurse
  • FDI World Oral Health Campus webinar
    10/23/2020
    The road to optimal periodontal health: register for our second webinar in the three-part series
  • FDI World Oral Health Day
    10/22/2020
    FDI says Be Proud of Your Mouth for World Oral Health Day 2021 to 2023
  • FDI_WHO Executive Board special session on COVID-19
    10/07/2020
    WHO Executive Board special session on COVID-19: FDI says equitable access to essential oral healthcare services must continue
  • FDI member_ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference
    09/28/2020
    Don’t delay – register today for the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference
  • FDI_Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care
    09/23/2020
    Children with clefts are at high risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health concerns
  • FDI_childhood cancer
    09/15/2020
    During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, FDI highlights need to build awareness about oral health in cancer care
  • FDI member_The Lebanese Dental Association_lebanon-explosion-beirut
    09/14/2020
    FDI launches call to support dentists who lost their practices in the Beirut explosion
  • FDI Smile train_Michael David_young patient
    09/02/2020
    Setting essential standards on oral health and dental care for children born with clefts
  • FDI_nternational Congress of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology
    08/26/2020
    Let’s meet at the ICDMFR 2021 hybrid congress: 28 April - 1 May
  • FDI Congress Paris
    08/24/2020
    For the past 120 years, the FDI World Dental Congress has united the global oral health community
  • FDI COVID-19 statement
    08/14/2020
    FDI responds to WHO’s latest guidance on the provision of oral health services in the context of COVID-19
  • FDI network_Ending childhood dental caries_WHO implementation manual
    08/11/2020
    FDI interviews WHO expert Dr Yuka Makino on strategies to tackle tooth decay in young children
  • FDI_International Dental Journal
    08/06/2020
    FDI and ICHOM develop baselines and indicators to measure oral health outcomes globally
  • FDI member_ADA Dental Health Week
    08/05/2020
    FDI member Australian Dental Association is shaping the future of oral health
  • FDI member_Hellenic Dental Association_WOHD winner
    07/30/2020
    Celebrating the 2020 World Oral Health Day Award winners
  • FDI_Orthodontics
    07/15/2020
    From strictly aesthetics to an integral part of oral health: A brief history of orthodontics through the ages
  • FDI webinar COVID-19
    06/30/2020
    8 July webinar features oral health professionals from four continents currently confronting the COVID-19 pandemic
  • FDI_oral health and COVID-19
    06/29/2020
    Oral health and access to care under siege during COVID-19 pandemic
  • FDI network_WHO_COVID-19 mobile application
    06/17/2020
    WHO mobile learning app on COVID-19 supports health workers around the globe
  • FDI_Mouth Heroes
    06/15/2020
    As COVID-19 shifts learning online, FDI supports parents and teachers with digital resources on oral health education
  • FDI_Annual Report 2019
    06/10/2020
    2019 FDI Annual Report highlights successes and challenges for global oral health worldwide
  • FDI_webinar
    06/04/2020
    FDI webinar on 25 June details path to optimal periodontal health
  • FDI_COVID-19 Resource Library
    06/02/2020
    FDI offers guidance to members, health authorities and dental teams in response to COVID-19
  • FDI network_ WHO_World Tobacco Day
    05/31/2020
    World No Tobacco Day: FDI uses digital media to promote oral health and combat Big Tobacco online
  • FDI network_WHO Director-General Dr Tedros
    05/25/2020
    FDI welcomes WHO resolution on COVID-19 but highlights the need to protect dental teams
  • FDI celebration_Gum Health Day
    05/12/2020
    Gum health expert Prof. Lijian Jin says no to bleeding gums on Gum Health Day
  • FDI’s International Dental Journal (IDJ)
    05/06/2020
    International Dental Journal celebrates 70th volume with a special issue on an oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush with micro-vibrations
  • FDI World Dental Development Fund_Courtesy Angkor Hospital for Children_Cambodia
    05/01/2020
    FDI's World Dental Development Fund now accepting applications that focus on COVID-19 response
  • FDI member_Palestinian Dental Association
    04/21/2020
    Palestinian Dental Association champions access to dental care for migrants living in Greece
  • FDI network_World Health Professions Alliance
    04/15/2020
    World Health Professions Alliance calls for G20 action to secure personal protective equipment for health personnel
  • FDI project_Brush Day and Night
    04/14/2020
    Study protocol seeks to measure the impact of Brush Day & Night 21-day toothbrushing programme in schools
  • FDI_women in dentistry_Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor
    03/31/2020
    Pioneering women in dentistry pave the way for excellence in the profession
  • FDI World Dental Congress
    03/26/2020
    Cancelled: FDI World Dental Congress 2020 in Shanghai
  • FDI_World Oral Health Day_Gerhard K. Seeberger
    03/20/2020
    Time to stop brushing oral health aside
  • FDI Treasurer_Dr Greg Chadwick
    03/17/2020
    FDI Treasurer Dr Greg Chadwick prepares a new generation of dentists through cutting-edge technology
  • FDI network_Journal of Dental Research publishes COVID-19 guidelines
    03/17/2020
    Journal of Dental Research publishes COVID-19 guidelines from researchers based in Wuhan, China
  • FDI network_UN_World Water Day
    03/05/2020
    Endodontics white paper calls for treatment to consider patient health and well-being
  • FDI netwrok_WHO implementation manual
    03/05/2020
    Recently published WHO implementation manual maps positive path to combat early childhood caries
  • FDI_oral health_World Obesity Day
    03/04/2020
    A healthier future means tackling shared risk factors for oral disease and obesity
  • FDI network_World Health Organization Executive Board
    02/26/2020
    FDI tells WHO that oral health must be integrated into strategies addressing other diseases
  • FDI_prosthodontics expert_Dr Daniel Edelhoff
    02/12/2020
    Exploring modern all-ceramics: Interview with Dr Daniel Edelhoff
  • FDI network_WHO EB
    02/06/2020
    FDI calls for measurable action on oral health at 144th WHO Executive Board
  • FDI network_World Health Organization Executive Board
    02/06/2020
    Sri Lanka affirms oral health as a key element of universal health coverage at WHO EB 146
  • FDI_former Executive Director Dr Per Äke Zillen
    02/05/2020
    FDI remembers former Executive Director Dr Per Äke Zillen
  • FDI_World Oral Health Day_custom poster
    02/05/2020
    Customize your World Oral Health Day celebrations
  • FDI 120 anniversary
    02/05/2020
    2020 marks 120 years for FDI World Dental Federation
  • FDI member_Estonian Dental Association
    01/23/2020
    2019 Smile Award winners from the Estonian Dental Association are on a mission to improve oral health
  • FDI_Oral Health Observatory
    01/20/2020
    Save the date: FDI to present Oral Health Observatory e-poster at IADR General Session in March
  • FDI_World Dental Congress_Sfefan Fickl
    01/15/2020
    "Soft tissue management is not only necessary for aesthetic purposes, but for biological ones too": Interview with Dr Stefan Fickl
  • FDI_International Association of Dental Students_Prophylaxis Officer_Julien Issa
    01/08/2020
    IADS Prophylaxis Officer Julien Issa reflects on success of World Oral Health Day in Lebanon
  • FDI project_Partially dentate patient
    01/07/2020
    Take advantage of FDI’s resources on partially dentate patient treatment and care
  • FDI network_World Health Professions Regulation Conference (WHPRC 2020)
    01/07/2020
    Register now for the 2020 edition of the World Health Professions Regulation Conference
  • FDI World Dental Developmetn Found_Oral Health Protection for the Ngäbe-Buglé Indigenous Community
    01/07/2020
    FDI World Dental Development Fund backs projects to improve oral health worldwide: apply by 15 June
  • FDI_Mouth Heroes for Schools
    01/07/2020
    FDI supports educators and students through interactive curriculum on optimal oral health habits
  • FDI Executive Director Enzo Bondioni
    12/10/2019
    Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury reject proposal to ban dental amalgam
  • FDI congress_molar incisor hypomineralization
    12/10/2019
    “A phenomenon of our time”: Prof. Dr Katrin Bekes introduces molar incisor hypomineralization
  • FDI Smile Award
    11/27/2019
    Call to all FDI National Dental Associations: Apply by 1 February for the FDI Smile Award
  • FDI_webcast
    11/25/2019
    Webcasts from ADA FDI World Dental Congress San Francisco online now
  • FDI network_WHO_antibiotic resistance
    11/22/2019
    Meet Dr Wendy Thompson, lead author of FDI white paper on tackling antibiotic resistance
  • FDI partner event_IDEM 2020
    11/18/2019
    IDEM 2020 conference programme to feature emerging and under-represented topics in dentistry
  • FDI_oral health and other diseases_World Diabetes Day
    11/14/2019
    Regular dental check-ups for healthy gums may help manage type 2 diabetes
  • FDI World Dental Congress interview_Prof. Lars Andersson
    11/13/2019
    “I’m talking about trauma”: Interview with traumatology expert Prof. Lars Andersson
  • FDI project_Whole Mouth Health
    11/06/2019
    Whole Mouth Health summit proceedings define a pathway to global oral health literacy
  • FDI president Gerhard K Seeberger
    11/06/2019
    Partners in health discuss the lifelong importance of good oral health
  • FDI partner evebt_AEEDC Dubai
    10/31/2019
    AEEDC Dubai, the region’s largest dental fair, gears up for a grand show in February 2020
  • WW8 delegates at the closing ceremony in Bali, Indonesia
    10/23/2019
    Bali Declaration on Oral Health in HIV/AIDS: dentists can help end the epidemic by 2030
  • FDI World Dental Congress
    10/18/2019
    How China is Shaping the Future of Oral Health for the FDI World Dental Congress 2020 in Shanghai
  • FDI network event_World Food Day
    10/15/2019
    World Food Day highlights healthy, low-sugar diets to combat malnutrition
  • FDI project_Peri-IMplant Diseases Project
    10/02/2019
    Special issue on peri-implant diseases now available in the International Dental Journal
  • FDI project_Sports Dentistry
    10/02/2019
    Leeds United working to incorporate oral health into athletes’ wellness plans
  • FDI celebration_World Smile Day
    10/02/2019
    Good oral health is something to grin about on World Smile Day
  • FDI_WOHD 2019
    10/02/2019
    A how-to guide to pledge your support for World Oral Health Day 2020
  • FDI President Elect_Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
    09/09/2019
    Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya named FDI President-Elect
  • FDI World Dental Congress
    09/09/2019
    FDI reports high attendance at ADA FDI World Dental Congress, General Assembly election results now available
  • FDI World Dental Congress
    09/09/2019
    Book your tickets for Shanghai! Preview of the 2020 FDI World Dental Congress
  • FDI World Oral Health Day Award winners 2019
    09/09/2019
    Presenting the 2019 World Oral Health Day Award Winners
  • FDI project_Oral Health Promotion and Care
    09/09/2019
    FDI survey says refugees have limited access to regular dental check-ups and screenings
  • ADA FDI World Dental Congress
    09/08/2019
    ADA FDI World Dental Congress Opening Ceremony welcomes delegates, keynote speaker Mark Wahlberg
  • 09/08/2019
    A conversation with Dr Gerhard Seeberger, new FDI World Dental Federation president
  • FDI Endodontics chairside guide
    09/07/2019
    FDI chairside guide proposes a prevention-focused endodontic care strategy
  • FDI project_Oral Health for an Ageing Population
    09/07/2019
    Good oral health a positive part of the ageing process
  • FDI World Oral Health Day_Unite for mouth health
    09/05/2019
    Make a Pledge for World Oral Health Day 2020
  • The Estonian Dental Association receives the FDI Smile Award
    09/03/2019
    Estonian Dental Association and Palestinian Dental Association receive FDI Smile Awards
  • FDI project_GPHP
    08/21/2019
    FDI survey anticipates more registered periodontal specialists and periodontology associations
  • FDI celebration_2nd Global Week for Action on NCDs
    08/21/2019
    Countdown to the 2nd Global Week for Action on NCDs, 2–8 September 2019
  • FDI World Dental Congress
    08/21/2019
    See you at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco this 4-8 September 2019
  • FDI oral health_childhood caries
    08/21/2019
    IAPD Bangkok Declaration on Early Childhood Caries resonates with a global audience
  • FDI network_WHO_Dr Yuka Makino
    08/07/2019
    WHO’s Dr Yuka Makino on inter-professional collaboration
  • FDI_oral health_Lancet article
    07/25/2019
    Oral health in a state of crisis, says The Lancet
  • FDI OHO Task Team Chair Dr Michael Sereny
    07/10/2019
    Collecting standardized data on oral health with the Oral Health Observatory
  • FDI_Journal
    07/04/2019
    Profiling one of the most popular articles published in the International Dental Journal
  • 07/04/2019
    International Dental Journal impact factor increases for 3rd straight year
  • FDI survey
    07/04/2019
    FDI survey says providing specialized endodontic care remains a persistent challenge in many countries
  • FDI_antimicrobial resistance
    06/27/2019
    FDI experts publish guidance on antibiotic stewardship in dentistry
  • FDI project_Oral Health Promotion and Care
    06/20/2019
    Promoting access to oral care on World Refugee Day to support universal health coverage
  • FDI interviews_Dr Manu Raj
    06/11/2019
    Previewing the World Oral Health Forum with Dr Manu Raj Mathur
  • FFDI network event_ 8th World Workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS
    05/29/2019
    Focus on HIV/AIDS and oral health at the 8th World Workshop in Bali, 13-15 September 2019
  • FDI_World Dental Development Found
    05/29/2019
    FDI is offering up to 10,000 CHF to support oral health promotion projects: Apply by 15 June
  • FDI network_World Health Assembly
    05/29/2019
    72nd World Health Assembly misses critical opportunity to drive action on oral health
  • FDI Sports Dentistry
    05/29/2019
    Poor oral hygiene severely impacts training and athletic performance
  • FDI publication_Annual Reports
    05/29/2019
    New publication alert: FDI 2018 Annual Report now online
  • FDI interviews_Dr Alan Budenz
    05/15/2019
    Cadaver workshop helps advance participants’ anaesthesia skills
  • FDI webinar
    05/01/2019
    Webinar: What dentists need to know about the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • FDI_oral health and tobacco
    05/01/2019
    #WorldNoTobaccoDay: FDI highlights the role of practitioners in fight for tobacco control
  • FDI event_World Day for Health and Safety at Work
    04/28/2019
    FDI announces new partnership with Morita on World Day for Health and Safety at Work
  • FDI_IADS
    04/25/2019
    Op-ed: Dental students advocate for primary health coverage to include oral health
  • FDI Smile Around the World
    04/11/2019
    FDI President Elect attends second-phase launch of Smile Around the World in China
  • FDI interview_Prof. Søren Jepsen
    04/09/2019
    Advocating early-stage treatment and improved patient care
  • FDI_universal health coverage
    04/03/2019
    Oral health must be integrated into universal health coverage #WorldHealthDay
  • FDI Mouth Heroes
    04/03/2019
    Mouth Heroes for Schools: helping teachers give lessons on good oral health
  • FDI World Oral Health Day Say Ahh
    04/03/2019
    How did you celebrate World Oral Health Day? Let us know, win a prize!
  • FDI Paritcipants of the Brush Day & Night project in Nigeria
    03/26/2019
    Reporting back from Brazzaville: FDI attends WHO capacity-building workshop on oral health
  • FDI interview_Dr Urs R. Brodbeck
    03/14/2019
    Unveiling a new electrolytic treatment for peri-implantitis
  • FDI_edodontics
    03/11/2019
    Endodontics white paper calls for treatment to consider patient health and well-being
  • FDI_World Oral Health Day
    03/05/2019
    These are the top five oral health pledges for policymakers on World Oral Health Day
  • FDI_World Dental Development Found
    03/05/2019
    FDI offers funding for innovative oral health projects around the world: Apply by 15 June
  • FDI World Oral Health Day Say Ahh
    03/05/2019
    This World Oral Health Day, inspire your patients to Act On Mouth Health
  • FDI Council member, Dr Alvi
    03/05/2019
    President of Pakistan promotes preventive care for optimal oral health
  • FDI_IDJ_Dr Duangporn Duangthip, Prof. Edward Chin Man Lo, Prof. Chun Hung Chu, Dr Sherry Shiqian Gao
    03/05/2019
    Mechanisms of silver diamine fluoride on arresting caries: a literature review
  • FDI Interview_Dr Christian Moussally
    02/14/2019
    Modern digital dentistry with Dr Christian Moussally
  • FDI network_Health Canada_Canada’s Dietary Guidelines for Health Professionals and Policy Makers
    02/05/2019
    Health Canada food guide says free sugars raise risk of tooth decay
  • FDI network_World Cancer Day
    02/04/2019
    On World Cancer Day, #ActOnMouthHealth
  • FDI partner_GSK
    02/04/2019
    GSK steps up to support new FDI project on partially dentate patients
  • FDI interview_Dr Eduardo Mahn
    01/29/2019
    Mastering smile design with Dr Eduardo Mahn
  • FDI Smile Around the World_China
    01/23/2019
    Smile Around the World re-activates in China, seeks to improve oral health of schoolchildren
  • FDI WOHD checklist
    01/09/2019
    Checklists motivate people to Act on Mouth Health for World Oral Health Day
  • FDI IDJ
    01/08/2019
    New year, new editions: Interview with International Dental Journal Editor-in-Chief Prof. Ira Lamster
  • FDI Smile Award
    01/08/2019
    FDI Smile Award: supporting efforts to improve oral health through awarding grants for member projects
  • FDI partner_3M
    12/19/2018
    3M becomes a World Oral Health Day supporter, affirms commitment to oral health for all
  • FDI_oral health and diabetes
    12/17/2018
    Regular dental check-ups for healthy gums may help manage type 2 diabetes
  • FDI interview_ Dr Jurgen Fedderwitz
    12/10/2018
    ‘Learning from the best!’ with Dr Jürgen Fedderwitz
  • FDI_Antimicrobial resistance
    12/05/2018
    Reporting back from the Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance in Accra, Ghana
  • FDI advocacy_Minamata Convention on Mercury
    12/05/2018
    Countries meet to accelerate implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • FDI network event_United Arab Emirates International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition
    12/03/2018
    AEEDC Dubai promises ‘education and innovation transfer’ for its 23rd edition
  • FDI_WOHD_Say Ahh
    11/19/2018
    World Oral Health Day celebration leaves lasting impact, sparks government action on oral health
  • FDI interview_Dr Roger Macias
    11/14/2018
    Listening and learning from the very best in the world
  • FDI project_Brush Day and Nigth
    11/07/2018
    Can Brush Day & Night be replicated in your country? A focus on the methodology and its impact
  • FDI Speaker of the General Assembly Susie Sanderson
    11/07/2018
    Available Now: 2018 FDI Council and Standing Committee Election Results
  • FDI network_Ministry of Health of Portugal
    11/07/2018
    A great win for Portugal: Ministry of Health brings dentists into primary health centres
  • FDI seminar_sugar
    11/07/2018
    Sugars expert Prof. Paula Moynihan talks tooth decay and other NCDs in 12 December webinar
  • FDI_webinar
    10/25/2018
    Register for the FDI-NCD Alliance webinar on collaborating for better health outcomes
  • FDI ADA World Dental Congress
    10/17/2018
    FDI President Dr Kathryn Kell returns home for FDI World Dental Congress 2019 San Francisco
  • FDI WOHD_Say Ahh
    10/12/2018
    World Oral Health Day 2019 ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’ campaign calls for concrete action for good oral health
  • FDI netwrok_UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases
    10/11/2018
    UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases falls short on delivering action
  • FDI_oral cancer and alcohol
    10/11/2018
    Lancet report ties alcohol use to oral cancer – even moderate consumption is not without risk
  • FDI policy statements
    10/11/2018
    FDI publishes 10 new policy statements, demonstrating global consensus on key oral health issues
  • FDI Smile Award 2019
    10/11/2018
    Call to all FDI National Dental Associations: Apply by 30 November for the FDI Smile Award
  • FDI Dental Ethics Manual
    09/08/2018
    Second edition of Dental Ethics Manual launched at FDI World Dental Congress
  • FDI World Dental Congress Buenos Aires
    09/08/2018
    FDI reports on key outcomes of 2018 World Dental Congress
  • FDI
    09/08/2018
    FDI and ICHOM present Standard Set of Adult Oral Health Measures
  • FDI GPHP experts
    09/06/2018
    GPHP experts host symposium at FDI WDC and introduce practical guide
  • FDI World Oral Health Forum
    09/05/2018
    Advocacy leaflet and Roadmap for Healthy Ageing released at 2018 World Oral Health Forum
  • FDI_Oral cancer
    09/05/2018
    Oral cancer chairside guide now available online
  • FDI Smile Award_ Indian Dental Association (IDA) and New Zealand Dental Association
    09/04/2018
    FDI evaluates Caries Prevention Partnership chairside guide, grants Smile Awards
  • FDI interview_PROF. MARZENA DOMINIAK
    08/14/2018
    Anaesthesia and pharmacology headline Year-in-Review session
  • FDI network_UN HLM on NCDs
    08/08/2018
    FDI calls for inclusion of oral health in the NCD response at UN Civil Society Hearing
  • FDI World Dental Congress Buenos Aires 2
    08/08/2018
    Countdown to annual FDI World Dental Congress
  • FDI_IDJ
    09/06/2017
    Browse the special virtual issue of the International Dental Journal on oral health for older adults