02.10.2013 - FDI approves five Policy Statements
02 October 20132
FDI approves five Policy Statements
FDI has just issued five policy statements. They were approved by the World Dental Parliament at its sessions during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress held in Istanbul from 28 to 31 August 2013.
The five Policy Statements will be published in the December 2013 edition of the International Dental Journal. The subjects covered include Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs); Oral Health and the Social Determinants of Health; Oral Infection/Inflammation as a Risk Factor for Systemic Diseases; Salivary Diagnostics; and Bisphenol-A in Dental Restorative and Preventive Materials.
FDI Policy Statements are declarations of current thinking on various significant issues related to oral health, oral health policies and the dental profession. They are put together by FDI’s Science Committee in collaboration with partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), through intensive discussion, consensus among leading dental experts from around the world and wide consultation with all national dental associations.
“It is now essential for all national dental associations to convert these new policy statements into global action!” added the Science Committee Chairman.
A privileged and unique position
“As the authoritative voice of dentists worldwide, FDI is in a privileged and unique position to develop and disseminate key policies and standards related to all aspects of oral health care,” stressed the FDI President.
A focus on prevention
Due to limited research currently available on resulting impacts, FDI strongly discourages the use of BPA in the manufacture of dental materials and highlights greater awareness of the importance of prevention of dental caries, thereby reducing the need for dental restorative materials.
The dentist and salivary testing
FDI strongly encourages further basic, translational and clinical studies on salivary tests and each National Dental Association to clarify the role of the dentist within the health care team regarding salivary testing.
A central advisory role
It calls on national dental associations and oral health care professions worldwide to assume a central advisory role in translating science into public awareness and policy, and for FDI, working in collaboration with the WHO, to advocate the inclusion of oral health in government health policy and promote regular access to oral health care.
Prevention and control
This Statement advocates incorporating oral health prevention and control strategies into the NCD agenda, interventions, programmes and campaigns. It calls on FDI and its member national dental associations to make governments, policy makers and community leaders more aware of the great importance of major common risk factors affecting both oral health and other NCDs.
Among other things, the Statement calls on FDI to engage with key partners, notably WHO and the IADR, to develop an integrated approach to reducing oral health inequalities globally. It further calls upon oral health care professionals, in the interest of oral health in all policies, to engage with leaders and policy-makers of government and NGOs, locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
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FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. Its membership includes approximately 200 national member associations and specialist groups from well over 130 countries. The FDI Annual World Dental Congress, held every year in different locations around the world, provides a unique opportunity for professionals and all other sectors related to oral healthcare to meet and learn from one another. FDI’s vision: ‘leading the world to optimal oral health’.
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