Oral Health Group

Royal Philips and FDI Jointly Celebrate World Oral Health Day

March 20, 2017
by Royal Philips

This World Oral Health Day (WOHD), Royal Philips is proudly teaming up with FDI World Dental Federation to educate and encourage people around the world to take a smart approach to the health of their mouth, teeth and gums.

Oral disease affects 3.9 billion people worldwide[1], and with untreated tooth decay impacting almost half of the world’s population (44%), World Oral Health Day is an opportunity to educate and encourage people around the world to better understand the state of their oral health.

“We know that globally, 60–90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% of adults have tooth decay, often leading to pain and discomfort,” said Jennifer Lalli, Team Lead OHC Dental Professional, US. “Poor oral hygiene is a key driver for this, and we work closely with dental professionals to help patients of all ages recognize when they might need to give their oral care a bit more attention. World Oral Health Day is a great opportunity to do this on a mass scale and discuss how oral hygiene impacts oral health and overall wellness. ”

FDI’s 2017 World Oral Health Day campaign ‘Live Mouth Smart’ looks to encourage people worldwide to take control of their oral health – throughout their lifetime – so that they can enjoy a healthy mouth from childhood into old age.

For more information about Philips support for World Oral Health Day, please visit www.philipsoralhealthcare.com.

[1] The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action. The Oral Health Atlas. 2nd ed. Geneva. FDI World Dental Federation, 2015 (http://www.fdiworldental.org/publications/oral-health-atlas/oral-healthatlas- (2015), accessed 28 July 2016).

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips’ health technology portfolio generated 2015 sales of EUR 16.8 billion and employs approximately 69,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.