Hopefully you would have seen or heard by now, that earlier the month we changed our name from the British Dental Health Foundation to the Oral Health Foundation.
As a charity we have changed enormously since our formation more than 45 years ago. Our work and campaigning globally has increased significantly while our educational materials are now produced in languages that span all over the world. We are far more influential in our work within Europe and the EU while our Accreditation Programme has active products across 50 countries.
But it is not only ourselves which have change, the way we talk about our teeth is also different. When the charity was first created in the early 1970s the messages were very much tailored at maintaining our ‘dental health’ i.e. our teeth. Now, we have moved on to a term which is far more all-encompassing. ‘Oral health’ doesn’t just look at our teeth but the state of our whole mouth.
It takes into consideration mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, birth defects such as cleft lip and palette as well as other oral disease which affect the oral cavity.
The expression ‘oral health’ also establishes the critical link the health of our mouth has in relation to our overall health.
Heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature births, even dementia. All have strong and evidential links towards poor oral health. We look forward to continuing to champion the benefits of great oral health as the Oral Health Foundation, both in the UK and globally. I hope you enjoy this issue of Word of Mouth and have a great week.