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Wrigley signs on to the FDI Vision 2020 partnership

9 September 2016

Wrigley has become the latest partner to join Vision 2020, an FDI initiative to raise the political profile of oral health among public health officials and other decision-makers at national and international level.

“Wrigley has been a long-time keen supporter of FDI work and I’m delighted they have agreed to sign on to our ambitions in oral health advocacy by strengthening the activities and goals of Vision 2020,” said FDI President Dr Patrick Hescot. “This support will enable us to position oral health where it needs to be: high on the global health agenda.”

“Wrigley is very supportive of the Vision 2020 ambition, to drive awareness among governments and health authorities of the human and economic cost of oral disease, and to develop strategies to address this burden,” said Matthew Kent, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Global Oral Care. “Through Vision 2020 we have an opportunity to change behaviours at a grass-roots level, to focus more on prevention oriented oral health care.”

Launched in 2012, Vision 2020 provided a map of the challenges facing the oral health community, which were to:

  • Meet the increasing need and demand for oral health care
  • Expand the role of the health-care professional
  • Shape a responsive educational model
  • Mitigate the impacts of socio-economic dynamics
  • Foster fundamental and translational research and technology

Today, FDI global advocacy and Vision 2020 have merged into common strategy with a twin focus: on the one hand, ensuring the oral health community is aligned and equipped to put pressure on national governments to address oral disease within national health action plans; on the other ensuring that FDI member national dental associations and the wider oral health community are represented in the international health policy debate.

Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program
The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) partners with dental professionals worldwide, helping them improve their patients’ oral health through one additional simple and enjoyable step in their daily routine: chewing sugarfree gum after eating and drinking on-the-go. For more than 25 years, WOHP has supported independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum, including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization and tooth strengthening to help dental professionals and their patients understand the role of sugarfree gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. WOHP is one example of how we make a difference to people and the planet through performance, and how we incorporate our principles based approach to business into all that we do.

Review of latest evidence confirms oral health benefits of sugar-free gum

6 June 2016

By: Michael Dodds, BDS, PhD

A new review of the most up-to-date scientific research reinforces the positive effects of sugar-free gum (SFG) on oral health and emphasizes the identification of active ingredients in gum that could facilitate prevention and removal of oral biofilm.

The review confirmed the oral health benefits of chewing sugar-free gum, including the clearance of food debris, reduction in oral dryness, increase of biofilm pH, remineralization of enamel, freshening breath through the reduction of volatile sulfur compounds and inhibition of extrinsic tooth stain. These benefits are attributed to increased mastication and salivation. The authors say that with the addition of active ingredients in chewing gums, it may be possible to expand these benefits to also include:

  • Enhanced inhibition of extrinsic tooth stain and calculus formation.
  • Enhanced enamel remineralization.
  • Reduction of the numbers of bacteria in saliva and amount of oral biofilm.
  • Neutralization of biofilm pH.
  • Enhanced reduction of halitosis.

The analysis, which was published in Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery in May 2016, looked at the evidence for oral health benefits of chewing SFG, citing 138 articles, and drawing findings from 69 papers. Its emphasis was on identifying active ingredients in gum that facilitate the prevention and removal of oral biofilm. The evidence shows that while chewing gum can allow active ingredients to be gradually released into the oral cavity, they have a low potency and are rapidly washed out from the oral cavity by increased salivation. Furthermore, the health benefits from increased salivation and mastication may easily overshadow the additional benefits of added active ingredients unless used for prolonged periods of time, making it hard to demonstrate their clinical benefits.

Oral diseases develop when the balance within the oral microbiome is lost and pathogenic bacteria start to dominate. This occurs, for instance, when cariogenic strains in a biofilm produce an excess of acids through fermentation of environmental sugars causing enamel demineralization or when peridontopathogens residing mostly in gingival pockets cause gingivitis or, in more advanced state, periodontitis.

The review confirms the well-documented benefits of chewing SFG associated with increased mastication and salivation, many of which are supported by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Chewing SFG results in a 10-fold increase in salivary flow rate, which enhances the ability of saliva to clear the mouth of food debris and sugars, neutralize acids and support remineralization, all of which can help to reduce the incidence of dental caries.

While data points to specific benefits for certain active ingredients, such as xylitol, carbamide and polyphosphates, the authors state longer term clinical trials are needed to confirm these benefits. Future studies on active ingredients should focus specifically on targeting pathogenic bacteria, whilst leaving the healthy microbiome unaffected. However, the authors of the review conclude that the basic benefits of the long-term chewing of SFG due to increased mastication and salivation are beyond dispute.


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About the author

Michael Dodds, BDS, PhD is Oral Health Lead Scientist at the Wrigley Company, based in Chicago, with responsibility for developing scientific support for the oral health benefits of chewing sugar-free gum. He holds a dental degree from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Dental Science from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining Wrigley in 2002, Dr. Dodds was Associate Professor of Community Dentistry, San Antonio, Texas, and is currently also adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the UIC College of Dentistry, Chicago.

What’s behind a smile? WOHP celebrates the science of smiling on World Oral Health Day

20 March 2015

World Oral Health Day 2015

Today, the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) joins FDI World Dental Federation, its partners, dental professionals, and patients around the world to celebrate World Oral Health Day (WOHD) and the 2015 theme “Smile for Life.”

Most of us are unaware of just how many physical and neurological components are involved in the simple act of smiling. World Oral Health Day is an important occasion to focus on the science of smiling, and remind patients of the simple oral hygiene routines that can help protect their teeth and smiles, including chewing sugar-free gum.

Smiling requires a number of muscular and neurological features which operate “behind the scenes.” As many as 12 muscles are involved in the creation of a smile, depending on the type of smile and our individual facial characteristics.1 In an unconscious, “genuine” smile, also known as the Duchenne smile in honor of a 19th century French neurologist who studied the mechanism of human facial expression, signals travel from the unconscious areas of the brain to contract facial muscles, in particular the obicularis occuli around the eye and the zygomaticus major which controls the corners of the mouth. Conversely, in a conscious “social” smile, signals from the brain bypass the eyes and contract only the muscles around the mouth.2 Researchers have shown that the Duchenne smile produces greater activity in the brain’s left anterior temporal region and is linked to positive emotions.3

More importantly, a smile is produced—and defined—by its most visible, obvious components: the teeth and gums. The condition, shape, position, and color of the teeth and gums can impact the function and aesthetic appearance of a smile 4 and could potentially influence a person’s desire to smile in public.

“The 2015 World Oral Health Day theme of Smile for Life has two meanings – a lifelong smile and celebrating life,” said FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong. “The three main dental reasons that people don’t smile are gum disease, tooth decay or tooth loss, so the better we prevent these the more chance we have of keeping our smiles for life.”

Given the important link between teeth and smiles, WOHP supports the goals of World Oral Health Day all year round. WOHP partners with dental professionals to help them improve their patients’ oral health through one extra simple and enjoyable step in their daily routine: chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking, particularly while on-the-go. Science demonstrates that chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the production of saliva, increasing the flow rate by up to 10 to 12 times the resting rate, which helps to wash away food debris, neutralize plaque acids and naturally remineralize tooth enamel to help strengthen teeth.

“The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program is proud to support World Oral Health Day 2015 and to raise awareness of the many factors that enable the simple act of smiling,” said Matthew Kent, Global Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program Manager. “Our teeth play an essential role in our desire and ability to smile. So we are working with dentists, hygienists, and patients to encourage the adoption of oral hygiene behaviors, such as chewing sugar-free gum, that can help keep teeth healthy.”

To learn more about World Oral Health Day, please click here. To learn more about the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program and the oral health benefits of chewing sugar-free gum, please click here.

About the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program
WOHP partners with dental professionals worldwide, helping them improve their patients’ oral health through one extra simple and enjoyable step in their daily routine: chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on-the-go. WOHP supports independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum, including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization and tooth strengthening. For more information, visit: www.wrigleyoralcare.com

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 programs, 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 programs, 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

About WOHD
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on the 20th March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of looking after oral hygiene to everyone old and young. It is a day for people to have fun – a day that should be full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile! For more information, visit: www.worldoralhealthday.com


References

  1. 1. Goldfinger, Eliot. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Pages 69-101.
  2. 2. Carter, Rita. The Brain Book, 2nd edition. London: DK Publishing, 2014.
  3. 3. Ekman P, Davidson RJ, Friesen WV. The Duchenne smile: emotional expression and brain physiology. II. J Pers Soc Psychol. 1990;58:342-53.
  4. 4. Kershaw S, Newton JT. Williams DM. The influence of tooth colour on the perceptions of personal characteristics among female dental patients: comparisons of unmodified, decayed and ‘whitened’ teeth. Br Dent J. 2008; 204:E9.

Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program announces winners of the annual IADR-Wrigley Salivary Research Award

16 March 2015

Six fold increase in entries received for the 2015 award

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program is delighted to announce the three winners of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)-Wrigley Salivary Research Award. Now in its sixth year, the annual award celebrates dental scientists, dental students and non-dental students, from around the world, who have made a significant contribution to salivary research. This year, more than 90 entries (in the form of abstracts) were submitted to the award, which covers three categories:

  • Basic Salivary Research Award for a Dental or Non-Dental Student
  • Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Students
  • Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Scientists

2015 Winners

  • Yuliya Mulyar, The University of Western Ontario, Canada, Wrigley Basic Salivary Research Award for a Dental or Non-Dental Student ($2,000)
    • Abstract: Anti-Cariogenic Effect of a Novel Encapsulation System for Salivary Proteins
  • Brady Petersen, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wrigley Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Students ($1,500)
    • Abstract: Exosome Analysis: Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma MicroRNA Isolation in Culture
  • Eduardo Moffa, The University of Western Ontario, Canada, Wrigley Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Scientists ($1,500)
    • Abstract: Identification of Histatin 5 Salivary Complexes Using Mass Spectrometry

2015 Winners

“This is the sixth year that the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program has supported the award and we are excited to see such a marked increase in interest to carry out research in this fascinating and important field,” said Michael Dodds, BDS, PhD, Oral Health Lead Scientist, Wrigley.

“The work of the three awardees truly demonstrates the diversity of contemporary salivary research, ranging from fundamental understanding of how salivary proteins interact, a system that in the future could be applied to early identification of oral cancers, through to a nano-encapsulation system that uses fragments of salivary proteins to protect enamel from decay”, continues Dr. Dodds. “The new insights from these studies will allow us, and others in the dental field, to continue to build on our knowledge and understanding of the role and benefits of saliva in maintaining oral health.”

The IADR General Session, taking place in Boston from March 11-14, is a worldwide networking opportunity for the craniofacial, oral and dental research community. More than 5,000 delegates are in attendance, including representatives from 60 leading dental companies and institutions, and more than 3,000 scientific abstracts will be presented.

The partnership between the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program and the IADR Salivary Research Group was inaugurated, along with the award, in 2010 and continues to expand its global reach. The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program contribution, in the form of a travel bursary, enabled the winners to attend the General Session and present their research findings.

To learn more about the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program, please click here

2014 IADR-Wrigley Salivary Research Award Winners Announced

30 June 2014

Presented at the 2014 IADR Congress in Cape Town, the award underscores the important link between saliva and good oral health.

Wrigley is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2014 International Association for Dental Research (IADR)-Wrigley Salivary Research Award.  Now in its 5th year, the annual award celebrates dental scientists, dental students and non-dental students who have made a significant contribution to salivary related research.

2014 Winners

2014 Winners

  • Nilminie Rathnayake, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden: Basic Salivary Research Award for a Dental or Non-Dental Student ($2,000 USD)
    • Abstract: Cardiovascular disease biomarkers in saliva and plasma
  • Joao N.A.R. Ferreira, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Clinical Salivary Research Award for Dental Scientists ($1,500 USD)
    • Abstract: Neurturin-expressing adenovirus protects salivary gland function from irradiation damage
  • Omer Deutsch, Hebrew University, Israel: Salivary Research Group Award ($1,500 USD)
    • Abstract: Oral-Fluids Proteomics Characterization of Sjögren’s-Syndrome Patients After Removal of High-Abundance-Proteins

Wrigley and the IADR presented the awards to the 2014 winners on Thursday, June 26 at the IADR 92nd General Session & Exhibition which took place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Did you know?

Chewing sugar-free gum increases the production of saliva, which can help wash away food particles, and can help to restore optimum plaque pH levels faster than without chewing sugar-free gum. The neutralization of these plaque acids can help keep your teeth healthy.

The oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum have been recognized by the FDI World Dental Federation and supported by nearly 30 national dental associations worldwide.

“The Salivary Research Award is part of Wrigley’s commitment to increasing research, understanding and dialogue around the role of saliva in oral health, as well as the associated benefits of chewing sugar-free gum,” said Marcelo Aspiras, Principal Technology Scientist, Scientific Discovery, Global Innovation Center (GIC), Wrigley. “The 2014 winners exemplify the incredible work being done by dental students, researchers, and clinicians around the world on this topic – work that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”

Inaugurated in 2010 through a partnership between the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program and the IADR Salivary Research Group, the Salivary Research Award continues to expand its global reach each year. In 2014, 16 applicants from 14 countries submitted abstracts for the award. The awards helped recipients with travel costs to attend the IADR 92nd General Session & Exhibition in Cape Town and present their research findings during a scheduled session.

To learn more about the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program, please click here

 

 

Wrigley Joins Global Community to Support World Oral Health Day

20 March 2014

March 20 is World Oral Heath Day and this year the theme is “Celebrating Healthy Smiles.” Wrigley is a proud partner of this day-of-action which is organized by FDI World Dental Federation, the global organization representing over a million dentists worldwide. World Oral Health Day celebrates the benefits of a healthy mouth, promotes awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of looking after oral hygiene. Wrigley will join dental professionals, dental students, policy makers, researchers, celebrities, and other partners from more than 100 countries to encourage people to make a lifelong commitment to their oral health and healthy smiles.

“Wrigley is committed to making a real contribution to the oral health of the world,” said Matthew Kent, Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program Manager. “By working together on World Oral Health Day and throughout the year, we can help ensure people have the information and the oral care tools they need to protect and promote their oral health.”

Across the globe, oral disease is a significant public health challenge. Up to 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral disease in their lifetime, including caries (the process which can lead to tooth decay) and periodontal disease.1 The incidence of tooth decay appears to be getting worse; the American Journal of Dentistry reports an increase in the prevalence of dental caries in primary and permanent teeth of children and adults since 2001.2 Worryingly, it is estimated that between 60% and 90% of school children worldwide have dental caries.1

To help turn the tide against these statistics, activities across the globe on World Oral Health Day will draw attention to the burden of oral disease and provide information on simple, preventive steps we can all take to maintain good oral health, including: brushing teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice daily; regular dental check-ups; and chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on-the-go.3

To encourage families to look after their teeth and their oral health, FDI has launched “The Tooth Thief”, an illustrated book which tells the story of Mascarpone, the famous mouse detective, who comes to the aid of the Tooth Fairy. In addition to being an entertaining mystery story, the book shares important oral health information and tips. World renowned Ivorian Manchester City footballer Yaya Touré wrote the foreword to the book. 

“Your teeth are precious. Once you’ve lost your milk teeth, your new ones need to last a lifetime. That’s why I am happy to support World Oral Health Day,” said Touré. “It is a chance for everyone, no matter where you live, no matter your gender, no matter your age, to celebrate healthy smiles.” 

To learn more about World Oral Health Day 2014 and to download “The Tooth Thief,” please visit http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/book (available from 20 March). The book will also be available from the Apple iBook Store and Amazon.

About the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program
The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) partners with dental professionals worldwide, helping them improve their patients’ oral health through one extra simple and enjoyable step in their daily routine: chewing sugarfree gum after eating and drinking on-the-go. For more than 25 years, WOHP has supported independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum, including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization and tooth strengthening to help dental professionals and their patients understand the role of sugarfree gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. Today, Wrigley operates oral healthcare programs in 47 countries worldwide. WOHP is one example of how we make a difference to people and the planet through performance, and how we incorporate our principles based approach to business into all that we do. For more information, visit: www.wrigleyoralcare.com

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 programs, 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 programs, 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

References

1. World Dental Federation.  World Oral Health Day 2014 Toolkit.  Available at: http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WOHD2014toolkit_eng.pdf. Accessed 12 March 2014.
2. Bagramian RA, Garcia-Godoy F, Volpe AR. The global increase in dental caries: a pending public health crisis. Am J Dent. 2009;22:3-8.
3. Geurtsen W, Hellwig E, Klimek J. Basic recommendations for caries prophylaxis in permanent dentition. Frankfurt am Main: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Zahnerhaltung, 2014. Available at: http://www.dgz-online.de/?download=Wissenschaftliche_Mitteilung_DGZ.pdf Accessed 12 March 2014.

Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program and World Dental Federation Team Up For Better Oral Health

10 February 2014

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) is delighted to be a global partner on World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2014, a World Dental Federation (FDI) initiative.

WOHD 2014

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) takes place on 20th March 2014 and aims to raise awareness of oral health issues so that governments, health associations, the general public and companies can work together to achieve better oral health, and in turn, lead healthier lives. One of the primary aims of WOHD 2014 is to make it a truly global event and reach as much of the world’s population as possible. Currently 52 countries around the world have announced their participation in WOHD. FDI has enlisted four key partners for WOHD 2014: WOHP, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Henry Schein, all working together to promote good oral health.

WOHP will use this opportunity to communicate the importance of chewing sugar-free gum in maintaining good oral health, raise awareness of WOHP and lead best practice in oral care support. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on the go helps keep teeth clean and healthy. In fact, “Chew for a Healthy Mouth” is one of the WOHD taglines.

“Wrigley is committed to making a real contribution to the oral health of the world and we are delighted to partner with FDI on World Oral Health Day to support its mission for healthier smiles,” said Matthew Kent, Global Manager, Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. “Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks has been proven to help protect our teeth. On World Oral Health Day, we want dental professionals and patients to take one simple, enjoyable step to improve their oral hygiene: chew sugar-free gum after eating and drinking when on the go.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program on World Oral Health Day 2014,” said Jean-Luc Eiselé, Executive Director, FDI. “We are raising awareness of oral health issues so that governments, health associations and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths, and lead happier lives. Working together helps us unite our efforts to prevent the epidemic of caries, gum diseases and tooth loss and help our communities maintain proper dentition for life.”

Participating countries include:

Algeria Armenia Azerbaijan Brazil Bulgaria
Cameroon Canada Chile Croatia Ecuador
Finland Ghana Haiti Hong Kong Hungary
India Iran Italy Jamaica Jordan
Kazakhstan Macau Malaysia Mexico Montenegro
Morocco Nepal Netherlands North Cyprus Pakistan
Palestine Poland Romania Russia Saudi Arabia
Serbia Seychelles Slovenia Sudan Tunisia
Turkey Uganda USA UAE Vietnam

About FDI

FDI serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programs, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in oral health promotion activities worldwide.

 

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

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