Dentsply Sirona Partners with FDI World Dental Foundation and Smile Train

This 3-pronged partnership will create standard digital workflows around the globe for children born with cleft lip and/or palate.

Dentsply Sirona has announced a 3-way partnership with FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train. This partnership will focus on developing standard protocols across the world for digital cleft treatment. Not only will new protocols be developed, but the partnership plans to create new clinical education infrastructure to oral health professionals globally. These digital workflows will help children around the world, according to Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Dentsply Sirona Sustainability Program Jorge Gomez.

“At Dentsply Sirona, we live our sustainability strategy every day in numerous ways. One of the most rewarding aspects is working with Smile Train and FDI to be able to offer the best care possible to children with clefts,” Gomez said in a press release from Dentsply Sirona. “Giving these children healthy smiles by utilizing the most advanced digital technologies is part of our larger sustainability goal to improve global oral health care and create millions of healthy smiles around the world. We are happy to contribute our knowledge and technologies for this important cause.”

This comes after Dentsply Sirona’s 5-million-dollar donation to Smile Train. This was part of a 5-year plan in expanding access to cleft treatment for children who are born with cleft lip and/or palate. This will be a way to expand access to children who may be in need in different places around the globe, according to President and Chief Executive Officer at Smile Train, Susannah Schaefer.

“Children with clefts are more susceptible to poor oral health which can greatly impact their speech, ability to eat, and their overall well-being,” Schaefer said in the press release. “We are delighted that our new partnership with Dentsply Sirona and FDI ensures that Smile Train centers around the world will have access to digital treatment protocols that integrate the latest, newest technologies to provide best-in-class digital oral healthcare.”