Oral health

The 11th IADR World Congress on Preventive Dentistry

Primary Health Care in India
WHO /Christopher Black

From 3 to 6 October 2017, the International Association for Dental Research is organizing the 11th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD): Integrating multifactorial approaches towards prevention of oral cancer, dental caries, periodontal disease and other oral diseases. Overall goal of the conference is to develop oral health strategies including primary oral health care at national and international levels for better quality of life globally.

WHO is a co-sponsor of the 11th WCPD to foster regional and international partnerships through the congress programme activities and networking sessions.

Tokyo Declaration on Dental care and oral health for healthy longevity

Word Congress 2015 ― Dental care and oral health for healthy longevity in an aging society
Word Congress 2015

At the end of World Congress 2015, the Tokyo Declaration on Dental care and oral health for healthy longevity was adopted to call upon health policy-makers and professionals to significantly reduce the global disease burden, promote greater equity, and integrate oral health promotion into the NCD prevention and control and development agenda.

General information

  • Fact sheet on oral health
    Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing. Risk factors for oral diseases include unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, and poor oral hygiene.

The objectives

  • The objectives of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme (ORH)
    The programme have been reoriented according to the new strategy of disease prevention and promotion of health. Greater emphasis is put on developing global policies in oral health promotion and oral disease prevention, coordinated more effectively.

The strategies

Strategies for oral disease prevention and health promotion

WHO's goals are to build healthy populations and communities and to combat ill health. Four strategic directions provide the broad framework for focusing WHO's technical work, which also have implications for the Oral Health Programme.


Contact information

WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)
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Telephone: +41 22 791 4426
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E-mail: hq_pnd@who.int