WOHD 2014. Celebrating healthy smiles in Portugal!

March 30, 2014

The celebrations of World Oral Health Day 2014, in Portugal, were held in Cultural Centre of Belém in Lisbon.

The Portuguese Government and the Portuguese Dental Association caught the theme “Celebrating healthy smiles” and teamed up with reading through national project “SOBE”, aiming to develop actions that promote reading, happiness and oral health.

The celebrations had two moments: in the morning a playful program for children and in the afternoon an institutional session. In parallel, an exhibition was held based on the book “Articulate – Oral Health and Art.”

The celebrations in Portugal had the collaborative approach oral health/education as the main focus. This partnership was well received and should be maintained and developed in the future.

The morning session was attended by about 150 children and nearly 200 people. General Director of Health, Francisco George, interactively welcomed children. The atmosphere was full of happiness and joy.

1_WOD2014_PTOpening of the event with children.

2_WOD2014_PTGeneral Director of Health, Francisco George.

3_WOD2014_PTTheatre for children.

The afternoon session, targeted to health stakeholders, decision makers and politicians was attended by about 100 people. The results and the projects of both the National Oral Health Promotion Programme (NOHPP) and project SOBE were presented. The debate on oral cancer inclusion on the NOHPP was quite participated.

In the closing session, as President of the PDA, I presented the “FDI White Paper – Oral Health Worldwide”. The Portuguese Secretary of State for Education addressed the relationship between oral health and reading projects in this area that have been undertaken by the government.

The session was closed by the Health Minister, who praised oral health professionals and reading for the help and support they have given to this government towards the promotion of oral health of Portuguese people.

He also mentioned the extension of the National of Oral Health Promotion Programme including Oral Cancer early diagnosis; the success of oral health and reading kits which have now been extended into School Libraries of Portuguese speaking countries and the early intervention in oral cancer project.

4_WOD2014_PTMe addressing at the closing session.

5_WOD2014_PTMinister of Health, Paulo Macedo, addressing at the closing session.

6_WOD2014_PTMinister of Health, Secretary of State for Education, João Grancho, and me.

7_WOD2014_PTLast remarks for media.


Obrigado Lisboa! Lisbon hosted the FDI Mid Year Council Meetings

March 20, 2012

By FDI executive director proposal, the FDI council assented to hold the Mid Year Council and Committees Meetings in Lisbon. It was the first time that those meetings were out of the FDI head office.

Me and Jean-Luc Eisele, FDI Executive Director.

Me and Jean-Luc Eisele, FDI Executive Director.

Plenary working session Council and all participants at the FDI committee meetings.

Council meeting.

Council meeting.

Remuneration Committee meeting.

Remuneration Committee meeting.

Communications & Members Support Committee meeting.

Communications & Members Support Committee meeting.

Dental Practice Committee meeting.

Dental Practice Committee meeting.

Colleagues at a small break of the Committee meetings.

Colleagues at a small break of the Committee meetings.

On Tuesday, March 13 all of we were invited for a dinner sponsored by Unilever. It took place at the Tivoli Theater, located at the heart of Avenida da Liberdade a cosmopolitan and big avenue, in Lisbon.

With Monica Carlile, regional marketing manager for Unilever Oral Care Europe.

With Monica Carlile, regional marketing manager for Unilever Oral Care Europe.

At Unilever dinner.

At Unilever dinner.

I wanted to present my colleagues from the five continents with a taste of Portuguese tradition. Here it is the famous “Pastéis de Belém”.

I wanted to present my colleagues from the five continents with a taste of Portuguese tradition. Here it is the famous “Pastéis de Belém”.

World Dental Development & Health Promotion (public health) meeting.

World Dental Development & Health Promotion (public health) meeting.

Dental Practice Committee.

Dental Practice Committee.

Portuguese night at the Restaurant “Clube de Fado”. The sound of a Portuguese Guitar with Portuguese traditional cooking (codfish was the dish choosen) at the ancient Lisbon, in Alfama, gave a different color!

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Fado singer Cuca Roseta ended the night.

Fado singer Cuca Roseta ended the night.

I believe that everyone enjoyed Lisbon. I was very pleased how things went. The meetings were extensive but fruitful. In several aspects FDI won with this decision on organizing the meetings in Lisbon. Thank you Lisbon!


It Was Much More Than A Congress…

November 28, 2011

The 20th Annual Congress of the Portuguese Dental Association was held last 10, 11 and 12 November, in Lisbon. With renowned national and international speakers, with a great organization committee and with a professional and dedicated team we had done a memorable celebration of the twentieth PDA congress.

10th November

Main entrance of the Congress Centre

Main entrance of the Congress Centre

Desk of the registration badges

Desk of the registration badges

The doors opened at 9 am to receive 5745 visitants and delegates.

I had the honor to have the presence of several delegations from other dental associations and countries worldwide. Angola; Brazilian Dental Association (ABO, ABCD and APCD); Bulgarian Dental Association; Cape Verde Dental Association; Guinea Bissau Dental Association; Iranian Dental Association and from the Greater New York Dental Meeting. The Executive Director of FDI, the Vice-President of the Council of European Dentists and representatives from IADS were present as well.

With Babak Sayahpour (left), Jean-Luc Eisele and Marko Gvero

With Babak Sayahpour (left), Jean-Luc Eisele and Marko Gvero

With João Aquino (left), president of the PDA Board of Ethics and Discipline; Mamadu Cande, president of the Guinea-Bissau Dental Association and António Felino chairman of the PDA Oral Surgery College

With João Aquino (left), president of the PDA Board of Ethics and Discipline; Mamadu Cande, president of the Guinea-Bissau Dental Association and António Felino chairman of the PDA Oral Surgery College

With Cathy Jameson

With Cathy Jameson

11th November

Friday was the day of the Opening Ceremony with the presence of the Health Secretary of State, Dr. Fernando Leal da Costa.

Me and the president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress welcoming the secretary of State Assistant to the Minister for Health, Fernando Leal da Costa

Me and the president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress welcoming the secretary of State Assistant to the Minister for Health, Fernando Leal da Costa

It was announced important news for Oral Health, such as the enlargement of the Oral Health Program, by the Secretary of State and by my side the strategy to implement the new Nomenclature Table of PDA.

Opening Ceremony of the 20th Portuguese Dental Association Dental Meeting

Opening Ceremony of the 20th Portuguese Dental Association Dental Meeting

Opening speech of the president of the Organizing Committee, Eunice Carrilho

Opening speech of the president of the Organizing Committee, Eunice Carrilho

Myself addressing to the colleagues

Myself addressing to the colleagues

Solemn Session Speech | Discurso de Cerimónia de Abertura

Honorable national and international guests

Honorable national and international guests

The exhibition Expo-Dentária is already a renowned brand, this year with 115 companies present.

View of one of the Exhibition Hall

View of one of the Exhibition Hall

With the secretary of State, Fernando Leal da Costa and with the president of the Iranian Dental Association, Reza Ghaznavi

With the secretary of State, Fernando Leal da Costa and with the president of the Iranian Dental Association, Reza Ghaznavi

Visit to Expo-Dentária

Visit to Expo-Dentária

During the visit to the main Exhibition Hall, with Pedro Pires (vice-president of the PDA Board), Jean-Luc Eisele, FDI executive director and with Fernando Leal da Costa, secretary of State

During the visit to the main Exhibition Hall, with Pedro Pires (vice-president of the PDA Board), Jean-Luc Eisele, FDI executive director and with Fernando Leal da Costa, secretary of State

Outside of the Congress venue

Outside of the Congress venue

The Gala Dinner of the Congress took place at the Oriente Museum followed by a huge party at Kapital to celebrate the 20 years of PDA Congresses. The place were small for all of whom wanted to join us.

By night, at the entrance of Kapital!

By night, at the entrance of Kapital!

With Portuguese colleagues, from left to right: João Dias, José Rosa, Nuno Montezuma, João Braga and João Caramês

With Portuguese colleagues, from left to right: João Dias, José Rosa, Nuno Montezuma, João Braga and João Caramês

12th Novembro

Last day of the congress! The conferences rooms still full of colleagues.

Meeting room with a renowned Portuguese speaker, Sampaio Fernandes

Meeting room with a renowned Portuguese speaker, Sampaio Fernandes

Michael Glick addressing to Portuguese colleagues

Michael Glick addressing to Portuguese colleagues

There was time to promote a meeting between IADS and Portuguese Dental Students Associations. My eyes are always looking to students and young dentists from long time ago, it’s an old concern. Portugal hasn’t delegates at IADS and the aim of that meeting was to promote further developments between all of them.

Meeting with IADS and the Portuguese Dental Students Associations

Meeting with IADS and the Portuguese Dental Students Associations

8 pm. The doors were closed! But one will to return every year make of PDA congress much more than a congress… A congress where science, continuing education, dental marketing, dentistry trade, dental policies and friendship join together in a perfect 3 days… to do more than a congress!

All together! The team that helped to organize this congress

All together! The team that helped to organize this congress


More than a Congress…

October 30, 2011

We are in countdown for the XX Portuguese Dental Association Annual Dental Meeting (website: english or portuguese), that will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of November 2011, in Lisbon. More than 6500 participants are expected.

This event will have a high quality scientific programme, with the presence of 20 international and 40 national speakers.

Our dental exhibition, Expo-Dentária, with over 100 companies, is a unique opportunity for visitors to know and buy the latest novelties presented by the dental industry.

Lisbon, beautiful Lisbon

To visit Lisbon is to enter a city with centuries of history, with monuments and museums that recall the overseas discoveries. This is only one of the many reasons to stay and enjoy your free time with the various tours available!

But Lisbon is also a modern city, where hospitality, gastronomy and fun can be mixed with professional engagements, thus contributing to an unforgettable event!

Join us if you can!

More, much more than a Congress!

The Portuguese Dental Association Annual Meeting alternates between Porto and Lisbon. See here Photos from 2010 Congress, held in Porto:


National Council of the Professional Orders met in Lisbon, at PDA’s office

October 27, 2011

The Portuguese Dental Association received last Monday (24 October 2011) a meeting of the National Council of the Professional Orders (CNOP) in our Lisbon delegation. CNOP is the association representative of the 14 Portuguese regulated professions, of which I’m president since March 2011.


Colóquio “Medicamentos, Necessidade e Responsabilidade”

October 20, 2011

Participei como orador no colóquio “Medicamentos, Necessidade e Responsabilidade”, no passado dia 29 de Setembro, em Coimbra, a convite da Unidade Curricular de Clinica Geral, Medicina Geral e Familiar, da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra.

Os objectivos principais deste colóquio foram no sentido de contribuir para a formação pré-graduada dos alunos, retratando a prática dos profissionais de saúde e auscultar a opinião publica em geral.

O colóquio contou com a moderação do Professor Hernâni Caniço e como oradores, para além de mim próprio, com o bastonário da Ordem dos Médicos, Professor Doutor José Manuel Silva, o bastonário da Ordem dos Farmacêuticos, Prof. Doutor Carlos Maurício Barbosa, vice-presidente da Ordem dos Advogados, Dra. Elina Fraga e com o Dr. Santos Cardoso do Movimento dos Utentes do Serviço de Saúde.


Público: “Sandra queria um sorriso, hoje segura os dentes com cola”

October 16, 2011

O jornal Público publicou este domingo (16 Outubro) um extenso artigo sobre medicina dentária em Portugal.

Tive oportunidade de reafirmar algumas das posições que a Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas vem defendendo. Poderá consultar o artigo em PDF.

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