Sustainable health: a global concern

COLOGNE, Germany: We all know what a healthy mouth means for people’s well-being and quality of life. Current research highlights the complex link between oral health and general health, but what role does this play in terms of global sustainability?

One way to approach sustainable development is to use the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a model. They are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a commitment by UN Member States to work towards achieving a sustainable world and the SDGs have proven useful as guidelines for organizations wishing to take action. for a better future.

There is growing interest in the SDGs in the health sector, in particular for Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). Goal 3 focuses on non-communicable diseases (target 3.3). Today, caries and periodontitis affect millions of people, and research is increasingly linking oral disease to several systemic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In light of these facts, the dental profession has a vital role to play in alleviating the global burden of oral disease by adopting a preventative and health-promoting approach.

This point of view is also fundamental for TePe, a company that continuously supports the dental sector in stimulating oral health. TePe’s products and solutions are all developed in close collaboration with dental professionals to ensure high quality and clinical relevance. Responding to customer expectations, the company is committed to progress and innovation to continually expand the range of sustainable options available to consumers and customers. TePe’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in products and packaging by 2022 is a catalyst for improvements such as switching to renewable or recycled materials, reducing waste and continuing to use 100% renewable energy in production. In addition, the search for partnerships to find sustainable solutions at the end of product life is a necessity.

Just as the SDGs are interconnected and different actions affect where people are, collaborations are key to achieving the rest of the goals. Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development) calls on governments, the private sector and civil society to collaborate on issues that know no borders.

A recent collaboration of interest to the healthcare sector is the FDI World Dental Federation Sustainability in Dentistry initiative, which brings together environmentally conscious dental industry partners around a common goal. The FDI and its partners, including TePe, will cooperate in developing strategies and implementing solutions to help reduce the environmental impact of dentistry and the dental industry. Indeed, a positive development cannot take place without the dentists, hygienists and therapists who invest themselves daily to improve the well-being of their clients.

TePe has chosen to focus on seven SDGs. The company’s commitments to a sustainable future and its means of achieving this can be explored at www.tepe.com.


Teresa H. Sadler