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Land of a billion smiles welcomes FDI congress

March 17, 2014

Dr. Norman honored: ADA President Charles H. Norman receives an award from FDI World Dental Federation President Tin Chun Wong, recognizing his commitment to optimal oral health at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting last month.
New Delhi—A billion smiles will welcome the world of dentistry to the 2014 FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 11-14.

Some 10,000 dental professionals, exhibitors, friends and families will gather at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida (a suburb of New Delhi) for the scientific program, exhibition, social programs and the FDI General Assembly meeting, where leaders representing national dental organizations from around the globe, including the ADA, will discuss the latest developments in oral health issues and policies affecting the health of citizens worldwide.

The purpose of the FDI's annual world congress "is to share knowledge and experience with our peers worldwide, challenge our preconceived ideas and widen our perceptions," said Dr. Tin Chun Wong, FDI president. "This is even more essential today with the worldwide migrations of dentists and patients."

The meeting's four-day scientific program includes continuing education lecture panels, conferences, forums and interactive sessions on the latest developments in dentistry. Early morning breakfast meetings, meet the expert sessions, review of the year sessions, free communications and poster discussion sessions also encourage colleagues to share information on the latest issues affecting the dental profession.

The FDI is an ADA CERP-recognized provider.

The congress exhibition will showcase nearly 600 booths featuring products and services of exhibitors from around the world.

Social programs including the welcome ceremony and presidential banquet; pre- and post-congress tours and day trips; and activities for accompanying persons are planned to help visitors enjoy the wonders of New Delhi—the capital of the most populous democracy in the world—as well as the surrounding region.

Beyond the convention center, the capital of India's rich history is showcased in an array of mosques, forts and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city.

The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well-planned New Delhi is striking. According to the Delhi tourism bureau, "Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings.

Discover this city sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets."

Those who register for the congress by May 31 can save on registration fees.

Download the preliminary program, find travel and hotel information and register for the meeting at or contact the ADA Division of Global Affairs for more information at the toll-free number, ext. 2726.