For decades it seems, I’ve been trying to convey to people the importance of oral health. I’ve tried to personalize it, sensationalize it, communicate it in any meaningful way I could, perhaps not giving enough importance to the reality that “oral health” may mean different things to different people.
And now, finally, the FDI World Dental Federation launched a new definition of “oral health”. As defined by FDI, oral health:
- Is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex.
- Is a fundamental component of health and physical and mental well-being. It exists along a continuum influenced by the values and attitudes of individuals and communities.
- Reflects the physiological, social and psychological attributes that are essential to the quality of life.
- Is influenced by the individual’s changing experiences, perceptions, expectations and ability to adapt to circumstances.
This “new” definition of oral health perfectly describes my passion for dentistry. This is basically why I get up and come to work every day!
I’d be more than happy to discuss any of your thoughts regarding oral health the next time you are in the office. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence H. Stone, DDS, any time at 215-230-7667.