Shaping the future of oral health
Challenges and opportunities
Vision 2020 provides a sketch of how oral health care might look by 2020 if the profession tackles the challenges and seizes the opportunities in a timely and appropriate manner. It answers the essential question: how can the profession grow in order to make a significant contribution to the improvement of global oral health during the coming decade?
Five elements to Vision 2020
Vision 2020 comprises five chief elements, analyzed according to threat and opportunity.
- to meet the increasing need and demand for oral healthcare
- to expand the role of healthcare professionals
- to shape a responsive educational model
- to mitigate the impacts of socio-economic dynamics
- to foster fundamental and translational research and technology
Aspirational and inspirational
Vision 2020 is aspirational and inspirational; it is not meant to be operational. It provides avenues which will need to be further explored and discussed: specific strategies, tactical approaches, implementation tools or ready-to-use formulae, will depend largely on local needs and circumstances.
A continuous process
Vision 2020 is the beginning of a continuous process aimed at generating discussion and collaboration between FDI and all its partners. It is the result of a year-long reflection within FDI World Dental Federation, a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, representing over one million dentists worldwide.
Vision 2020 final version is published in the International Dental Journal:
> FDI Vision 2020: a blueprint for the profession, International Dental Journal 2012; 62: 277
> FDI Vision 2020: shaping the future of oral health, Michael Glick, Orlando Monteiro da Silva, Gerhard K. Seeberger et al., International Dental Journal 2012 62:278–291.