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The ADA has compiled contact information for dental associations, societies and organizations from around the world.

The International Dental Societies Directory features a listing of organizations whose scope is international or multi-national in purpose and membership, such as the FDI World Dental Federation.

The Global Dental Organizations Directory features a listing of national dental associations in other countries, groups that function similarly to the American Dental Association in the United States.  

Are you looking to publicize your dental meeting? Do you want others to learn about your dental organization? Email the ADA Division of Global Affairs to register your dental meeting or dental organization.

The ADA works with a number of international organizations on a variety or projects and programs to improve global oral health. Below is a list of some of these organizations and how the ADA is collaborating.

FDI World Dental Federation
Health Volunteers Overseas
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Office of International Health
Pan American Health Organization
World Health Organization

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FDI World Dental Federation

The FDI is a federation of National Dental Associations and as such, its main roles are to bring together the world of dentistry, to represent the dental profession of the world and to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of information across all borders with the aim of optimal oral health for all peoples. The FDI is comprised of nearly 200 Member Associations representing more than 1 million dentists worldwide. By being a member of the ADA, dentists are also a member of the FDI, though the ADA's membership.

Some highlights of the 2013 Congress, held in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 28-31, include:

  • This year’s congress was the biggest FDI congress in the last decade, bringing together more than 16,000 dental professionals over four days
  • The 2013 Congress covered a number of importat public health policy issues, notably the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and oral health within the context of the United Nations initiative on non-communicable diseases. A declaration was also issued, calling upon national, regional and global health leaders “to recognize oral health as an essential component of global health and promote a reinforced inter-professional collaborative approach in the development of global and national policies.”
  • The ADA will be well represented on a global scale through 2016. Dr. Kathleen Roth was elected to a three-year term on the FDI Council and Dr. Sally Hewett was re-elected for a second three-year term to the FDI Education Committee. Dr. Kathy Kell also continues to serve as Treasurer, Dr. Kevin Hardwick as a member of the Public Health Committee and Dr. Ira Lamster as a member of the Science Committee.
  • Tthe Afghanistan Dental Association, another ADA, became a full member of the FDI, and the Circulo de Odontologos des Paraguay (Circle of Dentists of Paraguay) became an associate member.

The 2014 FDI Annual World Dental Congress will be held in New Delhi, India, from September 11-14. More information on the 2014 Congress can be found on the Congress' website. Registration will open in October 2013.

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO)
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Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private non-profit organization committed to improving health care in developing countries through training and education. The ADA sponsors the dentistry programs of HVO. Learn more about the nine programs on four continents in which the ADA is working with HVO by visiting the HVO website. The website also includes information on how to get involved by volunteering at one of these programs. Length of commitment varies by program and opportunities include treatment and surgery, lecturing and hands-on instruction.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Office of International Health

The mission of the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to promote the general health of the American people by improving their oral, dental and craniofacial health. Through nurturing fundamental research and the development of researchers, the NIDCR aims to promote health, to prevent diseases and conditions, and to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics. Within NIDCR, the Office of International Health serves as the liaison with international agencies and foreign organizations involved in global oral health research. It also coordinates dental, oral, and craniofacial research activities under agreements between the U.S. and other countries, promotes strategies to build global oral health research capacity, and supports collaborative research programs and protocols in line with NIDCR's mission.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

PAHO is an international public health agency with almost 100 years of experience working to improve health and living standards of the people of the Americas. It enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, and as the health organization of the Inter-American System. The Organization's essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others. PAHO knows that early interventions go a long way toward optimizing oral health. The Regional Oral Health Program has been working with countries to build sustainable, public-sector treatment capacity that will meet the needs of undeserved populations. The chief preventive component of the oral health strategy is its Multi-Year Plan for fluoridation in the Americas, using vehicles like salt and water to deliver fluoride and the introduction of low-cost effective dental treatment like ART. There are many oral health documents in English and Spanish in the PAHO Web site for further information.

World Health Organization (WHO)
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World Health Organization (WHO) is an integral part of the United Nations system and has its own governing body the World Health Assembly. Headquarters are in Geneva and with six regional offices. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of Health. Health being defined in the WHO constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This site includes information in English, French and Spanish relating to activities of the organization as well as information on World Health issues such as disease outbreaks and emergencies. There is a special page for Oral Health with links to databases on oral health status in many member states. There is also information about the devastating disease Noma. Numerous excellent publications are available from WHO.