November 22, 2022

AGD Comments on WHO’s Draft Global Oral Health Action Plan

  • by AGD Washington Advocacy Representative
  • Sep 28, 2022
In a letter to the Chief Dental Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), AGD outlined its positions on some of the topics covered under the WHO’s Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023-2030) draft. AGD offered comments on the concept of universal oral health coverage, the role of mid-level providers in oral health care, its position regarding health care related taxes, and oral health literacy as a tool to prevent the development of disease.

The goal of the global oral health action plan is to translate the global strategy on oral health into a set of evidence-informed actions that can be adapted to national and sub-national contexts, including a monitoring framework for tracking implementation progress with measurable targets to be achieved by 2030.

The global oral health action plan has two overarching global targets it set to be achieved by 2030. The first is for 75% of the global population to be covered by essential oral health care services to ensure progress towards universal health coverage. The second is to reduce the global prevalence of the main oral diseases and conditions by 10%.

Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD remains committed to improving the dental and oral health of all Americans. The AGD appreciates the opportunity to provide input on WHO’s Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023-2030).