Oral health

The 11th IADR World Congress on Preventive Dentistry

Dr Thaksaphon (Mek) Thamarangsi, Director, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Environmental Health, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
WHO/Yuka Makino

The 11th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD) took place from 3-6 October 2017 in New Delhi, India. The WCPD was organized jointly by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 200 people from 34 countries participated in the congress.

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 a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic 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.”

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.



Oral Health databases

Country/Area Profile Programme by WHO Collaborating Centres, Malmö University, Sweden and Niigata University, Japan.


Oral Health in WHO Headquarters

Dr Benoit Varenne
Dental Officer

Dr Yuka Makino
Technical Officer

WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Telephone: +41 22 791 4426
E-mail: hq_pnd@who.int