When Definitions Change: Keeping Up with
For decades, the definition of oral health was the absence of disease. But dentists have known for years how oral health impacts go far beyond a decayed tooth.
A New Definition of Oral Health
Recently, a new definition of oral health was adopted by the FDI World Dental Federation and hundreds of dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. It recognizes the overall impact that oral health has on your life, including your ability to smile, speak, taste, chew, and use facial expressions to convey emotion confidently and without discomfort, pain, or disease.
While this is a new definition of oral health, it simply supports what dentists in practice already know – ...