Dentsply Sirona is promoting universal access to oral health through its World Oral Health Day 2024 initiatives and partnerships.

For World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2024 on March 20, Dentsply Sirona is highlighting the need for collective action across the dental industry and beyond to work towards universal access to oral health.

Through initiatives with the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, Dentsply Sirona advocates for medical-dental integration and addresses oral health inequalities and challenges. In the spirit of this appeal, For the third year in a row, Dentsply Sirona is continuing its partnership with FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) to raise awareness and inspire cross-industry collaborative efforts on this topic.

Dentsply Sirona has made available a Patient Education Toolkit for use in dental practices and will run promotional activities on its social media channels as well as an awareness campaign internally for its employees. The company is also the global sponsor of FDI’s 2024 WOHD Award for the most engaging community campaign to promote oral health.

“This year’s World Oral Health Day motto is ‘A happy mouth is a happy body’. While achieving and maintaining good oral health are often overlooked, they are critical to the overall health and well-being of people,” said Andrea Frohning, Dentsply Sirona’s senior vice president, chief human resources officer. “This is why we need to constantly take action to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to good oral health care. This is a momentous task and one that can only be achieved if we collaborate across industries and regions to make this goal come true.”

To shine a light on the role of communities in promoting oral health, FDI has created the WOHD Award for the most engaging community campaign. As the global sponsor of the award, Dentsply Sirona is encouraging members of the public to set up, run and nominate exceptional campaigns that educate local communities on the importance of oral and overall health. The award will consider the variety and reach of the campaign activities as well as the type and quality of collaboration with external partners. Further information about the award and how to participate can be found on the WOHD website.

Dental professionals who, in the spirit of WOHD, are looking to educate their patients on the direct correlation between oral health and whole-body health are invited to make use of the Patient Education Toolkit created by Dentsply Sirona. This patient communication resource contains a selection of media formats for use in dental practices or on digital channels to motivate patients to get regular dental check-ups.

“At Dentsply Sirona, we are dedicated to driving positive change in the dental industry to achieve better, accessible and more sustainable oral health outcomes through innovation, collaboration and impactful partnerships,” said Frohning. “We invite dental institutions and individuals that want to make a change to join us and work united for better dentistry.”

Those interested in promoting World Oral Health Day can follow the #WOHD24 campaign as well as Dentsply Sirona and FDI social media accounts for more information.

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