September 6, 2016
by PR Newswire
FDI World Dental Federation today launched the new definition of ‘oral health’ – positioning it as an integral part of general health and well-being – at its Annual World Dental Congress in Poznan, Poland. It was adopted by over 200 national dental associations (NDAs) and will now be rolled out to the oral health community, globally.
“This new definition is an important milestone for the oral health profession,” said Dr Patrick Hescot, FDI President. “True to our Vision 2020 advocacy strategy and our ambition to lead the world to optimal oral health, the new definition will allow us to develop standardized assessment and measurement tools for consistent data collection on a global level.”
As defined by FDI, oral health:
Is multi-faceted and includes, but is not limited to, the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and free from pain or discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.
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