Since 2016, the FDI World Dental Federation and Philips have been partnering to promote World Oral Health Day. In an interview in Dental Tribune International, FDI President Dr Kathryn Kell and Business Leader of Philips Health and Wellness Sinéad Kwant discuss the significance of this day, challenges in improving oral health globally and how the collaboration between the two organizations can help.
Below you will find some excerpts from the interview. The complete interview can be found here.
DTI: In your opinion, is oral health improving globally?
Dr Kathryn Kell: As the authoritative voice of dentistry, it is our responsibility to step up to the challenges and drive the fight against oral disease to ensure that we are fulfilling our vision of leading the world to optimal oral health.
Sinéad Kwant: With almost four billion people worldwide affected by oral disease, it is our job to raise awareness of and educate people on the link between oral health and overall health and encourage them to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.
In your opinion, what are the main risks or barriers to people not focusing on their oral health?
Kell: Lack of oral health education remains a main barrier to people maintaining good oral health. Therefore, we work hard to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and educate people on the intrinsic link between oral health and general health.
Kwant: Working with the FDI, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of building good oral health care routines and encourage people to visit their dental professional and, importantly, to follow his or her advice and maintain good routines between visits.