New FDI report tackles oral health inequalities and outlines solutions

The release of Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All (Vision 2030) by FDI World Dental Federation offers a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary roadmap on how to impact health policies and tackle challenges to improve oral health and reduce oral health inequalities over the next decade.

The report focuses on the way in which oral conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer, which impact 3.5 billion people, making them the most widespread noncommunicable diseases worldwide, can have severe and significant health, societal and economic impacts.

Released to coincide with the 148th session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, Vision 2030 also stresses the importance of actively involving oral health professionals in overall efforts to improve the general health of people in order to ensure they are effective and prove quality care to recipients.

Vision 2030 recommends oral disease burden-addressing strategies which communities can adapt to their own needs and circumstances, part of an overall focus in the report which argues for better integration of oral health within overall health.

“Vision 2030 outlines the ways in which we can integrate our profession within global development agendas, including the UN Sustainable Development goals and the implementation of universal health coverage, that determine important health priorities,” says Prof. David Williams, FDI Vision 2030 Working Group co-chair.

Prof. Michael Glick, FDI Vision 2030 Working Group co-chair, adds: “How can we, as members of the oral health community, anticipate transformational changes and trends in the global healthcare environment? How do we seize opportunities to become productive members of healthcare teams delivering person-centered care? These are some of the broad questions we strive to answer through Vision 2030.”

Read Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All

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