FDI and GC International AG new ‘Oral Health for an Ageing Population Partnership’ comes at a particularly opportune time when governments worldwide are under pressure to integrate new demographic trends into policy making, especially in health. For oral health, the issue came under intense debate at the highly successful World Congress 2015: 'Dental care and oral health for healthy longevity in an ageing society’, held in Tokyo in March with the backing of the government of Japan, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by FDI.
The FDI-GC partnership responds to specific items of the declaration from that Congress, notably as regards raising awareness of National Dental Associations on oral health for an ageing population, assessing, sharing outcomes globally and addressing issues at national and global level related to the current state of national and regional dental healthcare policies – and devising solutions to the identified problems.
Based on the role that a healthy mouth plays in maintaining key functions such as ability to chew, nutrition, mobility and independence, the FDI-GC partnership will seek to establish the fundamental role of oral health professionals in healthy longevity.
It will further study opportunities for improved oral disease prevention and treatment of elderly patients and actively promote awareness of research on oral health in ageing populations. One of the partnership’s elements will be to organize a conference dedicated to the subject once every two years