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Declaration on child oral health

  • Last modified date:
    9 March 2007

Poor oral health has a significant impact on the quality of life, causing pain and embarrassment, limiting function and being costly to treat.

Among children, dental decay is the most important oral disease.

In industrialised countries the majority of school children are affected by dental decay, disease levels being highest in the under-privileged groups.

Disease levels are increasing rapidly in the developing countries.

Dental disease is well understood and effective prevention is a realistic goal.

To this end, the four UK CDOs have joined forces to call for concerted pan-European and wider global action between now and 2025 to address the pressing problem of poor child oral health.  Their first step has been to formulate the following declaration:

"Good oral health is a fundamental element of good general health.  Through the establishment of a global child dental health taskforce we will share information on evidence-based prevention.  We will work to implement appropriate and effective initiatives to improve oral health and to reduce oral health inequalities both within and between nations."

We urge fellow CDOs throughout the world to support this declaration

Prof Raman Bedi, CDO, England
Dr Doreen Wilson, CDO, N Ireland
Dr Ray Watkins, CDO, Scotland
Dr Paul Langmaid, CDO, Wales
Prof Hari Parkash, Project Director, National Oral Health Care Programme, India
Dame Margaret Seward, Past CDO, England
Dr. Werner Fischer, Chief Dental Officer, Switzerland
Dr Brian Mouatt CBE, Chairman World Dental Development FDI & Past CDO, England
Miss Gabriele Sax, Chief Dental Officer, Austria
Prof Juan Carlos Llodra, CDO, Spain
Dr Vera Hubkova, CDO, Czech Republic
Dr Elpida Pavi, CDO, Greece
Dr SP Zusman, CDO, Israel
Dr Helga Agustsdottir, Chief Dental Officer, Iceland
Dr Dushanka Kleinman, Chief Dental Officer, US
Dr. Liljan Smith Aandahl, Chief Dental Officer, Norway
Dr Agneta Ekman, Chief Dental Officer, Sweden
Dr. Enkelejda Pellumbi, Chief Dental Officer, Albania
Dr Anne Nordblad, Chief Dental Officer, Finland
Dr Simona Dianiskova, CDO, Slovakia
Ms. Margaret Shannon, Acting CDO, Ireland
Dr Samuel Thorpe, past WHO Regional Advisor for Africa, Sierra Leone
Dr L K Gandhi, President Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA), India
Doctor Kofo Savage, CDA Vice-president (W.A), Nigeria
Dr. Kamran A Vasfy, President, Pakistan Dental Association, Pakistan
Dr Bobby Segadimo, Senior Government Advisor, Botswana
Dr Margaret Wandera, Country Councillor (IADR), Uganda
Dr Kabenge Katy, President, Uganda Dental Association, Uganda
Peter Cooney, CDO, Canada
Dr. Charles Mugisha Rwenyonyi, Past President, Uganda Dental Association, Uganda
Dr Jos van den Heuvel, Chief Dental Officer, The Netherlands

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