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FDI World Dental Federation is gearing up for the celebration of World Oral Health Day 2014

11 December 2013

World Oral Health Day 2014: a focus on protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life

  • A World Day for a global issue: oral health
  • FDI World Dental Federation presents a stylish and memorable new World Oral Health Day logo
  • LISTERINE®, Unilever, Henry Schein and Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program become the official global partners for World Oral Health Day 2014
FDI World Dental Federation is gearing up for the celebration of World Oral Health Day 2014 (WOHD 2014), which will be held on the 20th March. Celebrated around the world, WOHD 2014 focus is on reminding young and old of the importance of protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life.

“Over 90% of the world’s population will suffer some form of dental disease in their lifetime but many of these can easily be treated or prevented with a good oral care routine,” commented FDI President Dr. Tin Chun Wong. “There are more than 2 million oral health care professionals around the world and in 2014 we hope that they will join together with us and our partners, to make World Oral Health Day a worldwide success.”

To kick-off the 2014 campaign, FDI is today presenting a revamped WOHD logo. The re-vitalized image represents a happy, healthy smile that transmits the essence of World Oral Health Day, a day where everyone around the world can take part in celebrating healthy smiles.

The new logo presented today will be accompanied by a creative campaign that celebrates the positive things that can be enjoyed when one has a healthy mouth such as laughing, eating or kissing. “We want to celebrate healthy smiles,” stated FDI’s Executive Director Jean-Luc Eiselé, reiterating this year’s campaign claim. “The vitality of the smile seen in our new logo is the same vitality that we want to see in everyone’s face on World Oral Health Day, be it in Nepal, Croatia or Chile. We want to spread the message of good oral health and the importance of a good oral care routine to local communities around the world and reduce the suffering and burden of oral disease.”

In addition, FDI confirmed that World Oral Health Day 2014 will be supported by four key global partners: Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Unilever, Henry Schein and Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. The former two were partners in 2013 and are back in 2014.

“World Oral Health Day is key to raising awareness across the globe of oral health issues; however, it would be impossible to achieve the necessary global impact without the help of our partners,” emphasized the FDI President.

About World Oral Heath Day World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year on 20th March. The theme of World Oral Health Day 2014 is ‘Celebrating Healthy Smiles’. It reflects the major contribution oral health makes to our lives. Around the world, FDI member dental associations, schools, companies and other groups will celebrate the day with events organized under this single, unifying and simple message.

About FDI FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. Over the years, it has developed programmes, initiatives, campaigns, policies and congresses, always with a view to occupying a space that no other not-for-profit group can claim.

FDI works at national and international level through its own activities and those of its member dental associations. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA).

For more information, visit: www.fdiworldental.org

Thank You for Your Pledge. WOHP to Support Children’s Oral Care Through $5,000 Donation

14 October 2013

We asked attendees at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene and the FDI Annual World Dental Congress to pledge their commitment to educate patients about the importance of chewing sugarfree gum as part of a preventive oral care routine. 

By the end of the meetings, nearly 900 people had signed the pledge. As a result, WOHP is delighted to be donating $5,000 to an international organization dedicated to improving the oral care of children worldwide.

Thanks to everyone who signed the pledge and helped WOHP support this important initiative.

International Association of Dental Students Sink Their Teeth Into the Science Behind Sugarfree Gum

14 October 2013

This year at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Istanbul, students from the International Association of Dental Students (IADS) took a break from their packed schedule to visit the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) booth and meet Wrigley’s Senior Principal Technology Scientist, Dr. Mike Dodds BDS, PhD.

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Wrigley’s Senior Principal Technology Scientist, Dr. Mike Dodds, IADS President,
Pavel Scarlat and WOHP Global Manager Matthew Kent

Groups of students gathered at the booth to hear about research into the benefits of chewing sugarfree gum on oral health through saliva stimulation. They learned how saliva works to help neutralize plaque acids, remineralize tooth enamel and strengthen teeth.

The first students to RSVP to the presentation invitations received special Wrigley gift bags. The bags included the fourth edition of Saliva and Oral Health, a USB drive with patient education materials, fun reminders to Eat Drink Chew and, of course, plenty of Wrigley sugarfree gum.


IADS member, Rabee Toma with his Wrigley gift bag

From Cape Town to Istanbul, WOHP is Sharing the Science Behind Behind Sugarfree Gum

14 October 2013

Two esteemed and far-reaching dental meetings were held in August: the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in South Africa and the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Turkey. In addition to attending robust scientific sessions, thousands of the world’s dental professionals had the opportunity to see, test and sample the latest innovations and products to help them in their practice, including one extra, simple tool to improve their patients’ preventive oral care: Wrigley sugarfree gum.

At each meeting, an interactive Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) booth guided delegates through information stations to discover the science behind sugarfree gum and identify on-the-go moments during the day when gum can help protect teeth.  Chewing sugarfree gum increases the production of saliva, which can help neutralize plaque acid, wash away food particles and remineralize tooth enamel to strengthen teeth.

Dental professionals from around the globe tested their knowledge with our Chew IQ quiz, and experienced the oral care benefits of Wrigley sugarfree gum first-hand, enjoying free samples after each of the WOHP-sponsored refreshment breaks. What’s more, nearly 1,000 delegates signed our Pledge Wall, committing to educate their patients about the importance of chewing sugarfree gum as part of a preventive oral care routine that also includes brushing, flossing and regular check-ups. For each signature, WOHP will donate to charities that help improve the oral care of children worldwide.

 

Visitors take the Chew IQ Quiz

2014 IADR Wrigley Salivary Research Award Abstract Submissions Open

23 August 2013

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) is proud to partner with the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for the fifth consecutive year to offer the IADR Wrigley Salivary Research Award. This award recognizes excellence in salivary research and will help with travel costs to attend the IADR 92nd General Session & Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa from 25-28 June, 2014.

Entries are now being accepted, and up to three awards will be given:
• Clinical Salivary Research Award to a dental scientist ($1,500)
• Clinical Salivary Research Award for a dental student ($1,500)
• Basic Salivary Research Award ($2,000)

Saliva plays an important role in oral health and these awards reinforce the need to explore salivary-related research to help make advances in this area. WOHP is committed to helping dental professionals understand how, through the stimulation of saliva, sugarfree gum acts as a convenient tool for everyday preventive oral care on-the-go.

Don’t miss an excellent opportunity to showcase your salivary research. Each award winner will be asked to present their research during a scheduled session.

To apply, submit an abstract that is 300 words or less through the IADR website. Each abstract must have information under the headings: introduction, methods, results and conclusion. An applicant must be over 18 years of age, as well as a member of IADR. Applicants do not need to be members of the IADR Salivary Research Group (SRG).

Submissions are open from 3 September, 2013 through 13 January, 2014. Dental and non-dental students (undergraduate and graduate), dentists involved in research and other dental scientists are eligible to apply. An awards committee consisting of Salivary Research Group leadership will determine the awardees.

Eat Drink Chew at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress 28-31 August

1 August 2013

Under the theme ‘Bridging Continents for Global Oral Health’, the 101st FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Istanbul, Turkey promises to bring together dentists and other oral health care professionals from all over the world.

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) is delighted to participate in the congress, helping dental care professionals improve their patients’ preventive oral care through one extra, simple and enjoyable step: chewing Wrigley sugarfree gum after eating and drinking on-the-go.

Discover the science behind sugarfree gum
Join Wrigley’s Senior Principal Technology Scientist, Mike Dodds, for a presentation of the latest research looking at the effects of chewing sugarfree gum on oral health through saliva stimulation. Presentations will take place at our booth (C001) at these times:
• Wednesday, 28 Aug. at 16:45
• Thursday, 29 Aug. at 17:15
• Friday, 30 Aug. at 13:00

Eat Drink Chew – and pledge – with us
Research shows chewing sugarfree gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks can help keep teeth healthy. That’s why it’s important to Eat Drink Chew for clean and healthy teeth.

Stop by the WOHP-sponsored refreshment areas on 28 and 29 August, then visit our booth to sample Extra sugarfree gum and take the Chew IQ Quiz for a chance to win a Wrigley gift bag. Sign the WOHP Pledge Wall – for every signature Wrigley will donate to charities that are working to improve the oral care of children worldwide.

Can’t make it to Istanbul?
Check back for details and perspectives on the preventive oral care research presented at FDI AWDC.

WOHP Joins Dental Hygienists at 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

1 August 2013

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Cape Town, South Africa.  Organized by the International Federation of Dental Hygienists along with the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa, the meeting will focus on oral health issues and the vital link to total health.

Connect with us in Cape Town
There are several ways to gather the latest research supporting sugarfree gum as a valuable asset for patients as part of an overall oral care routine.

Discover the science – then join our pledge to prompt a donation
WOHP is committed to helping dental care professionals and patients improve their preventive oral care and we’re taking that commitment even further at ISDH!

Come to our booth (425/428) to discover the science behind sugarfree gum, then pledge to educate your patients about the importance of chewing sugarfree gum as part of a preventive oral care routine. For every signature, Wrigley will donate to charities that help improve the oral care of children worldwide.
Be sure to sample Wrigley sugarfree gum, take our Chew IQ Quiz and enter to win a Wrigley gift bag.

WOHP-Sponsored Symposia: The Vital Role of Saliva in Preventive Dentistry
Thursday, 15 August
Meeting room 1.63

Juliette Reeves, dental hygienist and clinical director of Perio-Nutrition, presents the latest research on the vital role of saliva in preventive dentistry and its impact on oral and systemic health.

Can’t attend?
Watch this space for details and perspectives on the preventive oral care research presented at ISDH.

“We Cannot Treat Our Way Out” - An overview of the Wrigley Educational Symposium

19 June 2013

Dental professionals from Manchester joined the Wrigley Oral Health Programme (WOHP) for an educational symposium to understand the significant oral health challenges faced by some communities in the city, and to discuss simple, effective preventative solutions to help address these challenges. Although statistics indicate particular oral health challenges in parts of Manchester, these are not isolated cases and the broader UK dental community may find the discussion relevant to their patients and practice.

Oral health today – and looking for a better tomorrow
Dr. Colette Bridgman, Consultant, Public Health England, opened the evening by highlighting that oral disease is on the rise and the impact this is having on children in particular. Citing findings from her report on the state of oral health in Greater Manchester, Dr. Bridgman stressed that half of all five year olds in Greater Manchester are affected by dental decay by the time they reach school age, furthermore, among children under 10, tooth extractions under general anesthetic rose more than 30 percent from 2005 to 2011. She commented, “If there was any other disease affecting half our children, it would be on national TV. So why isn’t it?”

General public apathy about oral disease appears to be widespread; in many places, dental decay is the social norm and more preventative measures need to be taken. To counter this disturbing trend, Dr. Bridgman sounded a call to take action: “It is clear that we cannot ‘treat’ our way out of this problem. A big effort is needed to re-educate the public and encourage personal responsibility for better oral hygiene.”

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(From left to right) Dr. Michael Dodds, Dr. Chris Pitts, Dr. Colette Bridgman, Dr. Stephen Hancocks and Matthew Kent presented at the “Improving Oral Health Habits in Manchester” educational symposium.


Focusing on prevention
From a broad focus on oral disease in Greater Manchester, Dr. Stephen Hancocks, British Dental Journal Editor-in-Chief, concentrated on a single component of good oral health: saliva. Dr. Hancocks emphasized the importance of saliva for maintaining good oral health, observing that “you don’t miss the water in the well until it is dry.” Providing lubrication and protection, saliva is an important contributor to good oral health today. Looking to the future, Dr. Hancocks highlighted research into saliva as a tool to diagnose bacterial, viral, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.

Of course, saliva also plays a vital role in oral health, and Dr. Michael Dodds, Senior Principal Scientist, Wrigley Scientific Discovery revealed the science behind sugarfree gum. He highlighted the role of saliva in restoring plaque pH levels after eating and drinking, neutralizing plaque acids and remineralizing early enamel caries. Dr. Dodds also discussed the results of two independent studies that showed frequent chewing of sugarfree gum was significantly associated with decreased caries in children and also may have benefits in increasing saliva flow in older and medically-compromised patients who suffer from dry mouth.

Forging solutions together
Joined by Manchester practitioner and consultant Dr. Chris Potts, the evening’s speakers fielded questions from dentists and dental hygienists regarding oral hygiene and strategies to improve outcomes for their patients. The conversation covered topics such as the role sugarfree gum can play within the overall routine by acting as an “on-the-go” solution after eating and drinking. One attendee commented that sugarfree gum could be the “missing link” in good oral healthcare. 

Closing the evening’s discussion, Matthew Kent, Global Manager, WOHP, noted that oral health problems facing Greater Manchester reflect a global issue. “To address these issues, Wrigley will continue to work with dental professionals in Manchester and beyond to communicate the importance of taking simple and effective daily self-care and preventative measures – including regular check-ups, twice-daily brushing, balanced diet, flossing and chewing sugarfee gum when on-the-go.”

2013 Wrigley Salivary Research Award Winners Announced

29 March 2013

The 2013 IADR Wrigley Salivary Research Award Gives New Insight Into the Vital Role Saliva Plays in Oral Health

Wrigley is delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2013 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Wrigley Salivary Research Award which recognizes outstanding research in this area by students and clinicians.

This year’s winners are:

• Sarah B. Peters: Basic Salivary Research Award for a Dental or Non-Dental Student ($2,000 USD)
• Girija V. Naidu: Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Scientists ($1,500 USD)
• Kyle V. Holmberg: Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Students ($1,500 USD)

The awards were presented at the IADR 91st General Session & Exhibition which took place in Seattle, USA from 20-23 March 2013.

WOHP’s dedication to salivary research is a part of Wrigley’s overall commitment to oral care. “Wrigley is thrilled to support independent research through our continued partnership with the IADR Salivary Research Group, and this award has once again inspired dental students and clinicians to explore vital aspects of the role of saliva,” said Matthew Kent, Global Manager of the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. “We are committed to advancing scientific research to expand our knowledge and further investigate the role of chewing gum in oral health. The 2013 winners have conducted fascinating research that I hope encourages others to apply for the 2014 awards”

This is the fourth year that the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) has partnered with the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Salivary Research Group (SRG) to offer these coveted awards. 38 applicants from around the globe submitted a 300-word abstract within salivary research; the abstracts were then accepted under IADR scientific review and reviewed by the SRG awards committee. The awards helped recipients with travel costs to attend the IADR 91st General Session & Exhibition and present their research findings during a scheduled session.

WOHP Launches CPD for World Oral Health Day

20 March 2013

On World Oral Health Day 2013 (20-March), the WOHP launched the first of a new series of free Continuing Professional Development sessions designed for dental professionals. The web-based CPD series is based on the recently released book, Saliva and Oral Health, Fourth Edition by Michael Edgar, Colin Dawes and Denis O’Mullane (December 2012). The eight chapters of the book are covered through four sessions, each bringing the very latest research around saliva and its many positive functions. The first session will cover the anatomy and physiology of saliva, along with the mechanisms of salivary secretion. Later sessions will cover topics such as xerostomia, salivary clearance and the protective functions of saliva.

For more information about the series and to complete your free CPD session visit http://www.shancocksltd.co.uk/wrigley/.

 

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WOHP has supported independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum for more than 25 years.

Economic benefits of chewing

Economic benefits of chewing

Global health economic data suggests that increasing sugar-free gum consumption could reduce global dental expenditures from treating tooth decay by US$4.1 billion a year. Download Infographic (PDF) and Economic Benefits Study (PDF)

National guidelines

National guidelines

Federal guidelines in the name of the German government recommend that people chew sugar-free gum after meals every day.