Aristomenis Syngelakis

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  • Lecture details

    There is no health without oral health! Critical national policies towards Universal Oral Health Coverage.

    Oral health is integral to general health, affects quality of life and social well-being. Oral diseases are the most common non-communicable diseases affecting more than 3.5 billion people worldwide and placing a significant economic, social and health burden on individuals, families and health systems. Moreover, achieving the highest attainable standard of oral health is a fundamental human right of every human being.
    However, oral health is usually neglected by public policies, oral health is not integrated in the wider health system, and public dental services cannot meet oral health needs due to underfunding and understaffing. As a result, dental care services remain inaccessible for a big part of the population as it is reflected to the high proportion of unmet dental care needs in a number of European countries including some Balkan countries. In addition, during the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequalities in oral health status have worsened, although good oral (periodontal) health has been shown by reliable scientific research to be critical in protecting individuals from the severe symptoms of the disease.

    Given all the above, the historic WHO Oral Health Resolution (May 2021) is a unique opportunity to adverse the situation reducing the oral health inequalities and improving people’s oral health status. WHO calls for a radical oral health systems’ reform towards universal oral health coverage, a shift to prevention and oral health promotion, as well as an intervention to the Social and Commercial Determinants of Oral Health. Dedicated oral health budgets (establishment of a guaranteed share of public health funding dedicated exclusively to dental care); a national oral health strategy focused on prevention; an integration of dental care in Primary Health Care; as well as political commitment to oral health can make the vision of oral health for all a reality.

    Considering the above we are very excited to announce that Greece will host the next EADPH Congress (Heraklion, Crete, 3-5 October 2024), where distinguished guests from all over the world will present the most important scientific developments in the era of Dental Public Health with emphasis on the Commercial Determinants of Health. We will be very happy to see you in Crete to have a unique experience and the opportunity to exchange ideas and expertise regarding the promotion of oral health and accessibility to essential dental care for all without discrimination.

  • CV

    Dr. Aristomenis I. Syngelakis is the Chief Dental Officer of Greece and the President-Elect of the Council of European Chief Dental Officers (CECDO). He is also Co-President (2024) of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH) and Organizer of the 28th EADPH Congress in Crete (3-5 October 2024, Heraklion, Crete).

    He holds a Degree in Dentistry, a Degree in Political & Administration Sciences, a M.Sc. in Health Management, a M.Sc. in Community Dentistry, and a Ph.D. in Dental Public Health.

    He is a Scientific Collaborator at the School of Dentistry of the European University Cyprus, at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Athens, as well as at the M.Sc. Health Management Program of the Hellenic Open University.
    He has worked as a top management official in the Greek National Health System. He currently works at the Greek Ministry of Health, Department of EU co-funded health projects.

    He used to be Vice President of European Dental Students (1995-1996) and President of the 2nd Congress of the European Dental Students (Athens, 2-6.10.1996).

Speaker Details
  • Lecture details

    There is no health without oral health! Critical national policies towards Universal Oral Health Coverage.

    Oral health is integral to general health, affects quality of life and social well-being. Oral diseases are the most common non-communicable diseases affecting more than 3.5 billion people worldwide and placing a significant economic, social and health burden on individuals, families and health systems. Moreover, achieving the highest attainable standard of oral health is a fundamental human right of every human being.
    However, oral health is usually neglected by public policies, oral health is not integrated in the wider health system, and public dental services cannot meet oral health needs due to underfunding and understaffing. As a result, dental care services remain inaccessible for a big part of the population as it is reflected to the high proportion of unmet dental care needs in a number of European countries including some Balkan countries. In addition, during the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequalities in oral health status have worsened, although good oral (periodontal) health has been shown by reliable scientific research to be critical in protecting individuals from the severe symptoms of the disease.

    Given all the above, the historic WHO Oral Health Resolution (May 2021) is a unique opportunity to adverse the situation reducing the oral health inequalities and improving people’s oral health status. WHO calls for a radical oral health systems’ reform towards universal oral health coverage, a shift to prevention and oral health promotion, as well as an intervention to the Social and Commercial Determinants of Oral Health. Dedicated oral health budgets (establishment of a guaranteed share of public health funding dedicated exclusively to dental care); a national oral health strategy focused on prevention; an integration of dental care in Primary Health Care; as well as political commitment to oral health can make the vision of oral health for all a reality.

    Considering the above we are very excited to announce that Greece will host the next EADPH Congress (Heraklion, Crete, 3-5 October 2024), where distinguished guests from all over the world will present the most important scientific developments in the era of Dental Public Health with emphasis on the Commercial Determinants of Health. We will be very happy to see you in Crete to have a unique experience and the opportunity to exchange ideas and expertise regarding the promotion of oral health and accessibility to essential dental care for all without discrimination.

  • CV

    Dr. Aristomenis I. Syngelakis is the Chief Dental Officer of Greece and the President-Elect of the Council of European Chief Dental Officers (CECDO). He is also Co-President (2024) of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH) and Organizer of the 28th EADPH Congress in Crete (3-5 October 2024, Heraklion, Crete).

    He holds a Degree in Dentistry, a Degree in Political & Administration Sciences, a M.Sc. in Health Management, a M.Sc. in Community Dentistry, and a Ph.D. in Dental Public Health.

    He is a Scientific Collaborator at the School of Dentistry of the European University Cyprus, at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Athens, as well as at the M.Sc. Health Management Program of the Hellenic Open University.
    He has worked as a top management official in the Greek National Health System. He currently works at the Greek Ministry of Health, Department of EU co-funded health projects.

    He used to be Vice President of European Dental Students (1995-1996) and President of the 2nd Congress of the European Dental Students (Athens, 2-6.10.1996).