FDI World Dental Federation asks how can industry drive innovation to improve oral health?  

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World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year, all around the world, on 20 March. In the spirit of the 2022 WOHD campaign, ‘Be Proud of your Mouth’, FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) will convene prominent dental industry partners in a webinar to discuss the role of innovation and technology in shaping the future of oral health. 

The 2022 WOHD campaign emphasises that an unhealthy mouth can severely impact every aspect of life such as emotional, social, mental, and overall physical wellbeing. Therefore, concerted action across stakeholder groups—the general public, governments and policymakers, and the dental industry—is needed to address oral diseases, which affect around 3.5 billion people globally, with tooth decay (dental caries) in permanent teeth being the most prevalent disease worldwide. 

Today, new technologies are revolutionising dentistry, easing the work of dental professionals, improving patient experiences, addressing access to care to underserved and vulnerable populations, and leading the transformation towards sustainable practices. The webinar, involving official WOHD industry partners, will highlight the contributions that key innovation leaders are making to improve the oral health and quality of life of people globally. 

“On 20 March every year, we ask the world to unite to help reduce the global burden of oral diseases, which affect individuals, health systems and economies everywhere,” WOHD Task Team chair Professor Paula Melo said.

“Good oral health is essential to general health, wellbeing and quality of life. Industry partners have a key role to play in providing the necessary products, technologies and equipment to facilitate prevention, early detection and treatment of oral diseases.”

Valued campaign partners UnileverDentsply-Sirona and Align Technology will present their perspectives on strategies, technologies and tools that are shaping the future of oral health by helping dental professionals in the prevention, early detection and care of oral diseases so that people can be proud of their mouth.

The online event, will begin at 2pm Central Europe Time or 8am Eastern Standard Time on 17 March and will be streamed on the Oral Health Campus

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