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FDI white paper calls for ‘evidence-based solutions for dental caries’

September 13, 2016 Image of FDI World Dental Federation logo
Pozńan, Poland
— The FDI World Dental Federation released a “Dental Caries Prevention and Management” white paper Sept. 7 under the banner of its caries prevention partnership with Colgate on the first day of FDI’s Annual World Dental Congress.

The paper details strategies to prevent and manage dental caries through action by oral health professionals, policymakers and the public. It advocates that practitioners can shift from a restorative approach to one focused on delivering preventive dental medicine, and calls for policymakers to implement prevention strategies — such as an availability of fluoride and taxation on sugary foods and drinks — as well as for third-party payers to change outdated remuneration models.

Nigel Pitts, Ph.D., director of the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre at King’s College London and co-author of the paper, said in the news release, “Oral health is a basic human right, yet 3.9 billion people are affected by oral disease globally because the necessary systems to control the burden are simply not in place. We have outlined evidence-based solutions for dental caries in this white paper. These must be urgently translated into actions at the clinical and policy levels, so that oral health professionals can provide the best possible care to their patients.”

Dr. Domenick Zero, director of the Oral Health Research Institute at Indiana University School of Dentistry and co-author, said, “It is time to stop talking and start doing.”