FDI World Dental Federation announces virtual summit on World Environment Day

FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) announced its virtual summit on sustainability in dentistry taking place on World Environment Day, 5 Jun 2023.

Following its sustainability in dentistry initiative over the past two years, FDI is hosting this virtual summit as part of the project’s second phase. The summit plans to deliver case studies, ideas, and research projects dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of dentistry. Attendees can also look forward to a virtual display of poster abstracts and a bursary fund designed for participants from low income countries.

“The strides we have made through this initiative are commendable, particularly the development of the consensus statement on environmentally sustainable oral healthcare,” said Prof Ihsane Yahya, FDI president.

Since its launch in 2021, the project has united stakeholders dedicated to the goal of implementing sustainable solutions for a greener future and improving the environmental impact of dentistry. This includes leading figures from industry, health professionals, academic experts, legislative authorities and dental associations. This initiative has already gained momentum, to date 265 dental practices have shown their commitment to sustainable practices through registering for the sustainability toolkit and 125 stakeholders from the oral healthcare supply chain have signed the pledge for sustainable dentistry.

In the new project phase, supported by Dentsply Sirona, Haleon, Sunstar, Colgate, and SDI, dental professionals will gain access to educational resources to make an impact on the environment and society.

“As a founding member of the sustainability in dentistry partnership with FDI, Dentsply Sirona leverages its resources to advance sustainability in the dental industry. By creating resources for dental professionals, Dentsply Sirona is committed through its BEYOND sustainability strategy,” said Erania Brackett, customer experience and orthodontic aligner solutions, and head of sustainability at Dentsply Sirona.