In The Journal of the American Dental Association’s December editorial, Drs. Michael Glick, David M. Williams, Dushanka V. Kleinman, Marko Vujicic, Richard G. Watt, and Robert J. Weyant discuss how the FDI World Dental Federation’s new definition for oral health creates an opportunity for the dentistry profession.
On September 6, 2016, a new definition of oral health was overwhelmingly approved by the FDI World Dental Federation General Assembly. This was a key part of the organization’s advocacy and strategic plan – Vision 2020. The definition, together with a companion framework, creates an opportunity for the profession to reflect on what oral health encompasses and what the implications are of this definition for clinical practice and oral health policy. But why was a new definition needed?
Read the rest of the editorial in the December JADA.