IFDH 2023 Global Oral Health Summit

Motivation, Inspiration & Guiding Actions

for Dental Hygienists

In Support of the

WHO Global Strategy on Oral Health
Sustainability Initiatives

Saturday November 4th, 2023
VIRTUAL: 10 am ET; 4pm CET

Global Oral Health SummitThe virtual 2023 IFDH Global Oral Health Summit, again, brings together influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders for 3 hours, to discuss how Dental Hygienists can contribute to reduce the burden of oral health diseases and its economic global impact.

In our third Summit in 3 years, we continue to provide Dental Hygienists with valuable information and tools to understand and implement the WHO Global Strategies on Oral Health, and the Sustainability Initiatives.

Our Goals

  1. To support the World Health Organization (WHO) Goals for Improved Oral Health globally, by:
    • Motivating and inspiring our members with examples of programs being delivered within countries, communities and globally;
    • Providing guidance and documents to support their advocacy within their nations to challenge governments to support the WHO Resolution on Oral Health.
  1. To foster sustainability in oral health for Dental Hygienists.
    • By educating our member associations on the effects of poor oral health on the worldwide issue of global warming.




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Presentations & Speakers

Benoit VarenneWHO Global Oral Health Action Plan Update

Hear an update on the further developments of the World Health Organization Action Plan addressing the resolution on improving global oral health.

Benoit Varenne, DDS, MPH, PhD
Dental Officer – Oral Health Programme
World Health Organization (WHO)

Wanda Fedora
The Effect of Prevention on Sustainability 

As our impact on our planet continues to cause concern, all sectors of our society must take a role in reducing their energy use, water consumption and waste production. Prevention of oral disease can address these environmental issues in the provision of oral health care. A sustainable future depends on prevention of oral disease to minimize that impact.

Wanda Fedora
IFDH President

Corrie Jongbloed-ZoetTaking the Lead on Policy

Globally, there are estimated to be more than 3.5 billion cases of oral diseases and other oral conditions, most of which are preventable. Learn how Dental Hygienists can promote oral health policy change – by taking the lead on prevention, individually and collectively – to implement the WHO’s Global Strategy on Oral Health.

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH
Consultant, Oral Health Strategies
Immediate Past President, IFDH

Prioritizing Sustainable Change in Your Dental Practice

Environmental sustainability is increasingly important to counter in our own small way the severe consequences of climate change, including increased deaths from heat-related illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, and asthma, as well as the threat of coastal land loss from rising sea levels. Measuring greenhouse gas emissions in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is crucial, with individuals needing to be aware of their carbon footprint. Prioritizing prevention, sustainable travel, energy efficiency, responsible procurement, and waste reduction is essential for addressing environmental sustainability effectively.

Brett Duane
Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin

National Programs:
Leaving an Oral Health Legacy

Learn how Dental Hygienists from around the world have developed and implemented their Sustainability Programs by teaching the best in continuing oral health care to mothers, teachers, nurses, caregivers and other key partners of the care team.
Global Outreach:


Maasai Mama Baby Project – Capacity Building for a Future of Healthy Smiles

Mandy MagillMandy McGill, RDHP
Director of Educational Outreach
World Health Dental Organization


No Cavities Through Sustainable School Oral Health Care: Experiences from Guatemala, Rwanda and Palestine

Louise Munch Thomsen
Senior Manager of International Projects, Dental Health Without Borders.


The Netherlands:

Oral Hygiene Care for the Frail, Elderly and Dependent Adults

Wil Pelkmans, Dental Therapist

Wil Pelkmans
Dental Therapist

Public Health:


Cooperation Between the Dental Health Service and the School Health Service and Health Center for Young People

Cecilie Yttervik Robertsen, Dental Hygienist and Public Health Coordinator

Cecilie Yttervik Robertsen
Dental Hygienist and Public Health Coordinator

Registration Fees

You must register to receive an attendee meeting link.

2023 Deadline Dates & Fees
(In US $)
CategoryOn or Before
August 30
Sept. 1-30October 1
or after
IFDH Member
• Individual Member
• Full or Affiliated Association Member Representative
Dental Hygienist
• Individual member of an IFDH national Dental Hygiene Association member
• Dental Hygienist: Non Member
• Dentist
• Oral & Allied Health Professional
• Oral Health Organization Representative
• Company Representative

The IFDH Global Oral Health Summit series brings together influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders to discuss how Dental Hygienists can contribute to reduce the burden of oral health diseases and its economic global impact.

Click below for more information on:

Global Oral Health Summit 2021

Global Oral Health Summit Part II (2022)

Global Oral Health Summit 2023