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Sri Lanka affirms oral health as a key element of universal health coverage at WHO EB 146

06 February 2020

As a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), FDI ensures oral health is included when ministers debate global health priorities, action plans and targets. FDI is delivering three statements at the WHO Executive Board to press for further commitments on oral health.

Customize your World Oral Health Day celebrations

05 February 2020
World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day is only six weeks away. Have a look at our customizable resources to support your local, tailor-made celebrations on 20 March.

2020 marks 120 years for FDI World Dental Federation

05 February 2020

FDI World Dental Federation was founded by French dentist Dr Charles Godon in 1900. This year, FDI will commemorate its 120-year anniversary at the World Dental Congress in Shanghai in September.

FDI remembers former Executive Director Dr Per Äke Zillen

05 February 2020

Dr Per Äke Zillen of Sweden passed away on 19 January following a difficult battle with cancer. Dr Zillen was a treasured member of the oral health community and led FDI as executive director for 12 years (1989 to 2001).

A new decade to build ties near and far

03 February 2020

Happy New Year! I want to wish you all the best for 2020. This is the start of a very exciting decade for oral health.


2019 Smile Award winners from the Estonian Dental Association are on a mission to improve oral health

23 January 2020

The Estonian Dental Association was awarded the US$5000 Smile Award in 2019. Eligible National Dental Associations may submit their own applications until 1 February.

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Save the date: FDI to present Oral Health Observatory e-poster at IADR General Session in March

20 January 2020

FDI in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and with the support of GSK have successfully submitted an abstract to present an e-poster of data from China, Colombia, Italy, Japan and Lebanon at the International Association for Dental Research General Session from 18–21 March 2020. This research demonstrates the benefits of large-scale collaborations aimed at providing standardized international data.

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IADS Prophylaxis Officer Julien Issa reflects on success of World Oral Health Day in Lebanon

08 January 2020
World Oral Health Day

FDI sat down with Julien to hear about his role in the success of the Lebanese Association of Dental Students’ World Oral Health Day celebrations over the past two years. Julien shares his experiences and reflects on his goals for the 2020 Unite for Mouth Health campaign.