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ADA members help shape future of dentistry at FDI congress

October 21, 2013

U.S. representatives: Past and current ADA officers lend their leadership expertise at the FDI World Dental Congress General Assembly in August. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Gregory Chadwick, past ADA president (2001-02); Dr. Raymond Gist, past ADA president (2010-11); Dr. Robert Faiella, ADA president; Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president-elect; and Dr. William Calnon, past ADA president (2011-12).

New FDI leaders: Dr. Kathleen Roth, left, past ADA president (2006-07), and Dr. Sally Hewitt, incoming chair of the ADA Council on Communications, were elected to FDI World Dental Federation offices at the FDI World Dental Congress in August.

Istanbul—Representatives of the American Dental Association joined more than 16,000 dental professionals for the 101st FDI Annual World Dental Congress Aug. 28-31 in Istanbul.

Dr. Kathleen Roth, past ADA president (2006-07), was elected to a three-year term on the FDI Council, and Dr. Sally Hewett (incoming chair, ADA Council on Communications) was re-elected to a second three-year term to the FDI Education Committee.

Several other ADA members hold leadership positions in the global dental organization. Dr. Kathy Kell, past ADA trustee, is FDI treasurer. Dr. Kevin Hardwick, a member of the ADA International Development Subcommittee, serves on the Public Health Committee. Dr. Ira Lamster is a member of the Science Committee and Dr. Daniel Meyer, senior vice-president, ADA Division of Science, is a consultant to the FDI Science Committee.

Dr. Tin Chun Wong (Hong Kong) was installed as president for a two-year term. Dr. Patrick Hescot (France) was named president-elect.

The ADA delegation helped shape future public health policy, reviewed issues affecting the profession, elected future leaders for the global organization and met with other dental associations from the around world. Delegates discussed a variety of clinical and public health policy issues during the general assembly, including the Minamata Convention on Mercury and oral health. The treaty, which calls for a phase down approach for dental amalgam use and increased prevention and health promotion activity, was signed at a ceremony in Japan this month.

The General Assembly also issued a declaration 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 FDI launched a new program, Observatory for Oral Health Prevention and Control, during the congress. The program was developed in response to recommendations from the FDI Vision 2020 project launched a year ago. Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association, leads the Vision 2020 task team and provided an update on Vision 2020 and this newest resulting initiative during the meeting.

The FDI General Assembly welcomed the newest members of the FDI—the Afghanistan Dental Association as a regular member and the Circulo de Odontologos des Paraguay (Circle of Dentists of Paraguay) as an associate member. (See related story, page 21.)

The FDI is the global voice of dentistry, representing more than 200 national dental associations and specialty groups, comprising 1 million dentists in 130 countries worldwide. All individual members of the ADA are also members of the FDI through the ADA's membership and are welcome to attend the FDI Annual World Dental Congress.

The 2014 FDI Annual World Dental Congress will be held in New Delhi, the “land of one billion smiles.” More than 4,000 attendees have already pre-registered to attend the meeting scheduled for Sept. 11-14, 2014. Online registration is now open at