World Oral Health Forum on oral care and ageing

This year’s World Oral Health Forum on ‘Challenges of oral health care in an ageing society’ will be among the highlights of the 2014 FDI Annual World Dental Congress (New Delhi, India, 11 to 14 September).

The event, scheduled for the morning of 13 September, will be chaired and moderated by Prof Robert Beaglehole, former Director of the WHO Department of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion.

He will link progress made and to be made in noncommunicable disease prevention and treatment with the WHO resolution on the multisectoral approach to elderly patients.

The five panel members Include:

  • Prof Frauke Mueller of the dental section of Geneva University Hospital Division  whose focus will be on demographic developments, ageing processes, definition of multimorbidity and the impact on dental treatment planning.
  • Dr Kakuhiro Fukai, a board member of the Japan Dental Association and organizer of conferences on ageing populations. Ageing is an issue of particular concern in Japan, where the population began falling in 2004 and is now ageing faster than any other on the planet. More than 22% of Japanese are already 65 or older, with the proportion slated to rise to almost 40% by 2060.
  • Dr Mahesh Verma, President of the Indian Dental Association, will cover the topic of ageing from the perspective of developing countries, focusing on the current challenges and how to anticipate the future ones.
  • Prof Michael Glick, Chair of the FDI Vision 2020 Task Team, Dean of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and author of the just-published ‘Systemic diseases and oral health’, is expected to address the issue of how to train oral health professionals to respond to the specific needs of any ageing population.
  • Christian Brutzer (Lichtenstein), President of International Dental Manufacturers (IDM) and Ivoclar Vivadent Corporate Management, will provide the industry perspective in terms of market opportunities and needs, and product development.

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