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FDI congress: 8,000 celebrate dentistry in Madrid

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MADRID, Spain/GENEVA, Switzerland: Over 8,000 people visited this year’s World Dental Congress in Madrid, figures released by the FDI World Dental Federation have shown. The four-day event, which took place from 29 August to 1 September, welcomed dental professionals, representatives of national dental associations and public health experts from all over the world to see and discuss the latest developments in their respective fields.

It was the fourth time that the global dental event took place in the Spanish capital after congresses in 1903, 1922 and 1978. In a statement, outgoing FDI President Dr Patrick Hescot from France thanked the Spanish dental association, co-organiser of the event, for their work and dedication. He also emphasised the important role of the congress in raising awareness of oral health issues on a global scale.

“The health of the mouth is intimately tied up with the health of the body, so large events such as FDI congresses are extremely important in bringing the issue of oral health to the attention of policymakers—and the need to integrate oral health into all public health policy,” he said.

Hescot, who had led the organisation for the last two years, stepped down at the end of this year’s congress. He is succeeded by Dr Kathryn Kell, a dentist from Iowa in the US and former trustee member of the American Dental Association. In an interview with Dental Tribune Online in Madrid, she promised to enhance communication and help to continue to develop and introduce measures and tools that will aid FDI members in serving the public better.

The FDI General Assembly also elected Dr Gerhard Konrad Seeberger, a German dentist currently practising in Italy, as FDI President-elect for the 2019–2021 term. He came out top in a leadership race with Dr Jaime Edelson Tishman, a nominee of the Mexican dental association.

In addition to a number of policy statements issued on new developments, like CAD/CAM and sustainability in dentistry, the FDI launched its 2018–2020 World Oral Health Day campaign, which is titled “Say ahh: Think mouth, think health” and will focus on increasing oral health literacy. Celebrated since 2008, World Oral Health Day is aimed at highlighting the importance of oral health for a healthy body through a number of oral health-related activities held around the world each year on 20 March.

In Madrid, there was also plenty to see at the trade exhibition, where over 200 manufacturers and distributors from Spain and abroad presented their latest innovations for dental practices and laboratories. In addition to regulars, like GSK, Planmeca and GC, there were a number of new corporate faces, such as French companies Borea and Innixim, who jointly showcased their state-of-the-art equipment in the field of dental imaging.

Furthermore, the scientific programme offered lectures and clinical sessions by 130 experts from over 30 countries.

Next year’s World Dental Congress will take place in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, from 5 to 8 September. More information will be available in the upcoming months on the official congress website (www.world-dental-congress.com).

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