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AU professor honoured with new honorary doctorate

The University of Montpellier in France has just awarded Emeritus Professor and dentist Ole Fejerskov the title of honorary doctor. This represents the seventh time that Ole Fejerskov has been awarded an honorary doctorate internationally.

The oldest medical university in the world, the University of Montpellier in France, has just appointed Emeritus Professor Ole Fejerskov from Aarhus University as an honorary doctor. The honorary doctorate recognises his research into the effect of fluoride on teeth and bones.

"To be awarded an honorary doctorate by an esteemed foreign university such as the University of Montpellier is a great recognition of my research efforts over many years," says Ole Fejerskov about his honorary doctorate, which is his seventh in an international context.

This is the first time that the University of Montpellier has awarded an honorary doctorate in odontology.

The majority of the population can retain their natural teeth

Ole Fejerskov has in particular carried out research into the effect of fluoride on teeth and bones. Fluoride is added to e.g. toothpaste and reduces the speed of development of caries. The research has resulted in a new understanding of how to most effectively control the development of caries in all age groups, as well as of how to ensure that the majority of the population retain their natural teeth throughout their lives.

"If we can get everyone to radically cut down the exaggerated consumption of sugar and on a daily basis ensure that the coating of bacteria covering the oral cavity is removed completely or partially with toothpaste containing fluorine, then the vast majority of people will be able to avoid developing teeth cavities to an extent where it is necessary to drill. This will save society and the individual person very large dental care expenses, which can be better used to control the development of tooth disease in the rapidly growing number of elderly people, who have had have extensive dental treatment from an early age with loss of teeth to follow," explains Ole Fejerskov.

Ole Fejerskov is professor and former rector of the Aarhus School of Dentistry. He has been rector of the Danish Academy of Research and also served as director of the Danish National Research Foundation during the years 1999-2006.

Further information

Emeritus Professor Ole Fejerskov
Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University
Direct tel.: +45 8716 7638
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