The Japanese Society for Oral Health (JSOH) was established in 1952. It aimed to help the public improvement of oral health and hygiene. The current President of the Society is Dr. Manabu Morita, Professor of the Department of Oral Health Science Okayama Univ. The Society currently has 2,262 members with 59 honorary members.
The significant improvement in the oral health of Japan over the past 50 years is a public health success story. Most of the gains are a result of effective prevention and treatment efforts. JSOH definitely contributed in this respect.
Public Oral Health (POH) can be defined as the science and the art of preventing oral disease, promoting oral health and improving quality of life through the organized efforts of society.
From this point of view, JSOH have been making a great effort for not only the improvement of public oral health but also establishing social dental health care system.
Moreover, since public oral health is concerned with promoting the health of the population and therefore focuses action at a community level, JSOH should communicate with people and establish so-called "community organization."
As one of contributions of JSOH, we have to think about the Global Oral Health (GOH). As highlighted in the recent United Nations Political Declaration, there is now broad recognition that oral health shares common risk factors with other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes), and that oral health cannot be dealt with in isolation from other health issues. In this context, we strongly advocate that all health policies should include oral health, and that oral health care professionals, including JSOH members, should be engaged at all levels with government and NGOs with leaders and policy-makers.
Although our association had the 60th anniversary of the foundation last year (2011), we unfortunately postponed the celebration to this year because of the Eastern-Japan earthquakes and Tsunami on March 11th, 2011. Our Society has sent both human resources, such as dentists and dental hygienists, and material resources to the affected areas after the earthquakes. We have learned that severe social determinants, such as natural disasters and economical situations, affect easily on primary oral health care.
The Japanese Society for Oral Health is non-profit organization that presents public oral health specialists and community oral health professionals from across Japan.
|Date||May 26-28, 2020|
|Venue||Okinawa Convention Center, Okinawa, Japan|
|Address||Kouku hoken kyoukai
1-43-9, Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0003, JAPAN