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As an internationally active organisation, there is always something happening at FDI World Dental Federation. Stay up to date with the latest news from around the world here.

COVID-19 forces FDI to cancel World Dental Congress 2020

March 26, 2020 | News

SHANGHAI, China: Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and was first reported in December 2019, most dental events for the first half of 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed. Now, FDI World Dental Federation has decided to call off its flagship event, the World Dental Congress (WDC), which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September.

WOHD 2020: Is it time for parents to get serious about sugar?

March 20, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: In light of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is being celebrated around the world today on 20 March 2020, FDI World Dental Federation released new statistics on the willingness of parents to limit their children’s sugar intake to ensure good oral health. The global survey, which was carried out by YouGov and commissioned by FDI, showed that less than half of parents proactively limit their children’s intake of sweets, carbonated soft drinks and juice as a means of protecting their teeth.

Interview: Prof. Katrin Bekes introduces molar incisor hypomineralisation

January 06, 2020 | Interviews

GENEVA, Switzerland: In the lead up to the FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, FDI World Dental Federation spoke to Prof. Katrin Bekes, head of the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Medical University of Vienna. Bekes has roots in conservative dentistry, and in her early career, she explored quality-of-life research and treated many patients with severe dentine hypersensitivity. While she has been a paediatric dentist for nearly fifteen years now, she maintains a strong focus on quality-of-life concerns.

FDI World Dental Congress 2020—China is shaping future of oral health

November 11, 2019 | Events, News

SHANGHAI, China: China is a powerful ally in achieving a global community commitment to health. Recognising that health is fundamentally linked to successful economic and social development, the Chinese government is making progress to protect and promote the health and well-being of its citizens. When its World Dental Congress is held in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September 2020, FDI will be putting special focus on the country.

Good oral health as a positive part of ageing process

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The world’s population is ageing, and experts predict that, by 2050, 25% of the world’s population—two billion people—will be over 60 years old. A fifth of these—400 million—will be over 80 years old. Thus, FDI World Dental Federation recently released three practical guides that highlight advisory measures to maintain good oral health even into old age.

Children with clefts to receive improved oral healthcare

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.

FDI releases new guidelines on treating partially dentate patients

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: As dentistry has evolved, so too has the oral health of the aging population. With people now not only living longer, but many also with relatively good oral health, the number of partially dentate patients is growing. In response to this, FDI World Dental Federation has launched a series of tools that offer a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care of this group of patients.

Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews, News

The recent ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 4–8, saw the conclusion of Dr. Kathryn Kell’s successful term as FDI President. Succeeding her is Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, who will hold the title until 2021. In this interview, Seeberger discusses what he hopes to achieve as president and what optimal oral health means to him.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

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