Volume 9 • 2022 • Issue 2

“The inclusion of these preparations on the list is recognition that oral health matters and oral diseases are public health problems on a global scale,” says Dr. Habib Benzian, co-director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry at New York University. “It fits very nicely with the Dental Preparations Added to WHO Essential Medicines List In September 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) added three dental preparations to combat tooth decay to the Model List of Essential Medicines. Fluoride toothpaste with 1,000 to 1,500 ppm fluoride, glass ionomer cement, and silver diamine fluoride (SDF) are now included under a new section of the list dedicated to oral health. current global momentum to address oral health. In May 2021, a resolution on oral health was adopted by the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, and a global strategy will be adopted in May this year, complemented by a global action plan and monitoring framework.” Dr. Habib Benzian 21 Issue 2 | 2022 |