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FDI launched the World Oral Health Forum (WOHF) in 2012, inspired by the model of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The WOHF is in line with FDI’s Vision 2020 initiative to shape the future of oral health and takes place every year during the World Dental Congress.

The WOHF has a single-session-format, but has also consisted of a number of sessions in the past, featuring diverse speakers discussing global challenges and opportunities related to oral health. The WOHF sessions typically include short presentations from the panelists – relevant to dentists, but also society at large – and are followed by questions and answers.

The WOHF seeks to expose FDI members to matters not necessarily discussed in dental congresses; while attracting audiences who might not regularly attend dental events. Panels are usually made up of:

  • One representative from an international organization (UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNEP, etc.) or from a political body (Ministries of health, environment, economy, etc.)
  • One representative from the dental and oral health industry
  • One or two representatives from FDI membership
  • One representative from a non-dental organization (cardiology, information technology, etc.)

Past sessions

  • 2016 WOHF: Are you ready for amalgam phase-down? How the Minamata Convention impacts your Dental Practice
  • 2015 WOHF:
    • Session 1: WHO Guideline on sugars intake for adults and children
    • Session 2: Universal health coverage: Towards optimal oral health
  • 2014 WOHF: Challenges of oral healthcare in an ageing society
  • 2013 WOHF:
    • Session 1: How might the Minamata Convention on Mercury change dentistry?
    • Session 2: Addressing oral health into the global noncommunicable diseases initiative: A focus on the opportunities provided by such integration at regional and country level
  • 2012 WOHF:
    • Session 1: Vision 2020
    • Session 2: Caries – A silent epidemic
    • Session 3: Sustainable development and green dentistry

2016 World Oral Health Forum (Poznań, Poland)

Are you ready for amalgam phase-down? How the Minamata Convention impacts your Dental Practice

The United Nations imperative to reduce exposure to environmental mercury exposure, embodied in the Minamata Convention, has profound implications for the practice of dentistry through its requirement to phase down the use of dental amalgam.  The momentum to implement the recommendations of the Minamata Convention is now building and FDI recognizes the importance of taking a proactive role in the amalgam phase-down discussions and leading the debate on the implications of this decision for global oral health and on the practice of dentistry. Organized in partnership with the International Association for Dental Research, this session carried the debate forward.

Moderators Click to watch each presenter's webcast and slides

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2015 World Oral Health Forum (Bangkok, Thailand)

Session 1: WHO Guideline on sugars intake for adults and children

> Read the proceedings from this WOHF session

WHO released a guideline recommending that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 g (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits. Given the importance of sugar as a risk factor for caries and other noncommunicable diseases, the panel discussed this important guideline and its consequences. The session aimed at supporting FDI member associations to understand the global and oral health challenges linked to sugar intake.

Moderator

  • Harry-Sam Selikowitz – Vice-Chair, FDI Science Committee

Panelists

  • Chizuru Nishida – Coordinator, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization
  • Paula Moynihan – Director, Centre for Oral Health Research, Newcastle University / Director, Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Oral Health, World Health Organization
  • Modi Mwatsama – Nutritionist / Director, Global Health, UK Health Forum
  • Rob Beaglehole – Principal Dental Officer, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board / Tobacco Control Advisor, New Zealand Dental Association

Session 2: Universal health coverage: Towards optimal oral health

The session discussed the incorporation of oral health into universal health coverage (UHC), as a means of achieving optimal oral health. Oral diseases pose unique challenges to the realization of UHC. Oral health must be recognized as a priority and UHC needs to be articulated as a means to achieve improved health outcomes, for the post-2015 development agenda goals to be achieved. The session highlighted the efforts made by the emerging economies and low- and middle- income countries of the world to achieve UHC. A roadmap was also presented which could be used to integrate oral health in the UHC agenda.

Moderator

  • David Williams – Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Panelists

  • Michael Glick – Editor, Journal of the American Dental Association
  • Manu Mathur – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

2014 World Oral Health Forum (New Delhi, India)

Session: Challenges of oral healthcare in an ageing society

Population ageing is one of the biggest demographic transitions the world has ever faced. Application of preventive and restorative oral care measures have resulted in longer survival of people’s teeth. However, old age may be accompanied by declining health and impairments, which can have a negative impact on their oral health status. The dental profession faces a growing number of old people with deteriorating teeth and with the challenge of finding appropriate oral care measures and treatment for these people. The panel explored how the dental profession and the industry can address these issues and how can oral health be better integrated in general health.

Moderator

  • Robert Beaglehole – Principal Dental Officer, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board / Tobacco Control Advisor, New Zealand Dental Association

Panelists

  • Frauke Müller – Professor, University of Geneva
  • Mahesh Verma – President, Indian Dental Association
  • Kakuhiro Fukai – Director, Japan Dental Association
  • Michael Glick –  Editor, Journal of the American Dental Association / Chair, FDI Vision 2020 Task Team
  • Christian Brutzer – President, International Dental Manufacturers and Ivoclar Vivadent Corporate Management

2013 World Oral Health Forum (Istanbul, Turkey)

Session 1: How might the Minamata Convention on Mercury change dentistry?

The session discussed the recently agreed Minamata Convention on Mercury which challenged the profession in many countries; introducing the concepts of sustainable development, environmental responsibility, green dentistry and product life-cycle. The Convention makes provision for a regular review of the phase-down approach. This review process will require the profession to collect data and information, not only on amalgam, but on prevention, research for new materials, and transition towards alternative filling materials. Alternative materials are also facing new challenges from the regulatory authorities (endocrine disruptors, nanoparticles). How can FDI facilitate the implementation of the Convention and how can FDI proactively and successfully implement it?

Moderator

  • David Williams – Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Panelists

  • Poul-Erik Petersen – World Health Organization
  • David Piper – United Nations Environment Programme
  • Stuart Johnson – FDI Dental Practice Committee / FDI Dental Amalgam Task Team
  • Gottfried Schmalz – International Association for Dental Research
  • Marc Sussman – Dental Recycling North America
  • Pam Clark – International Dental Manufacturers

Session 2: Addressing oral health into the global noncommunicable diseases initiative: A focus on the opportunities provided by such integration at regional and country level

The session updated countries on gains made by the oral health community on the integration of oral health within the NCDs agenda, following the inclusion of oral disease in the 2011 Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). It provided guidelines to develop and implement oral health interventions, as well as monitor the progress within the WHO Global Action Plan 2013-2020. Participants discussed how NDAs and CDOs could take a leading role in the fight against NCDs and their risk factors. From the work plans and strategies developed by WHO at different levels, as well as experiences deployed by oral health leaders worldwide, participants identified approaches and ways forward to ensure a new upswing of oral public health interventions.

Opening remarks

  • Orlando Monteiro da Silva – FDI President (2011-13)

Moderators

  • Ahmed Ogwell Ouma – Regional Advisor on Tobacco Control, Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization
  • Polat Sertaç – Head of Tobacco Control Department, Ministry of Health, Turkey

Panelists

  • Benoit Varenne – Regional Advisor on Oral Health, Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization
  • Bernadette Pushpaangaeli – Associate Dean Student Life and Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Fiji National University
  • Jocelyne Garé – Chief Dental Officer, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso
  • Harry-Sam Selikowitz – Vice-Chair, FDI Science Committee

Closing remarks

  • Poul-Erik Petersen – Chief, Oral Health Programme, World Health Organization

2012 World Oral Health Forum (Hong Kong, China SAR)

Session 1: Vision 2020

The session provided a critical discussion on the implementation of FDI’s recently published Vision 2020 document by all relevant stakeholders.

Moderator

  • Michael Glick –  Editor, Journal of the American Dental Association / Chair, FDI Vision 2020 Task Team

Panelists

  • Erica Wheeler – Technical Officer, Human Resources for Health, Department of Health Systems Policies   and Workforce, World Health Organization
  • Nakoto Nakao – President and Chief Executive Officer, GC Corporation
  • Analia Mendez – Unilever Oral Care
  • Gerard Meuchner – Vice President / Chief Global Communications Officer, Henry Schein
  • Mary McDougall – President, International Association for Dental Research
  • Robert Sutherland – Canadian Dental Association
  • Susan Maina – Kenya Dental Association 

Session 2: Caries – A silent epidemic

Watch this WOHF session on our YouTube channel

The session covered caries prevention and management. It presented the information available on the disease and discussed the steps needed to raise the profile of caries as a serious disease. The session addressed the barriers within the dental profession for better caries control and how to overcome them, including collaboration with other stakeholders.

Moderator

  • Nigel Pitts – Chair, Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future / Director, Centre for Clinical Innovations, University of Dundee

Panelists

  • Orlando Monteiro da Silva – FDI President (2011-13)
  • James Chauvin – President, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Canadian Public Health Association
  • Pei-Jung Lin – Assistant Professor, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center
  • Prathip Phantumvanit – Thammasat University
  • Jaime Edelson – Past-President, Mexican Dental Association
  • Donald Li – President, World Organization of Family Doctors, Asia-Pacific Region

Session 3: Sustainable development and green dentistry

Watch this WOHF session on our YouTube channel

The session reviewed the political framework on environment and health to which the dental profession will have to adapt to. It stressed the need for awareness raising on green dentistry issues in future FDI activities.

Moderator

  • Stephen Hancocks – Editor, International Dental Journal

Panelists

  • Susan Wilburn – Technical Officer, Occupational and Environmental Health, World Health Organization
  • Peter Soer – Vice-President, Unilever Oral Care
  • David Williams – Past-President, International Association for Dental Research
  • Claudio Fernandes – FDI Science Committee / Representative at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference




 

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