Reelected President of the Portuguese Dental Association

January 15, 2016

On the 9th January the swearing-in ceremony of the new governing bodies of the Portuguese Dental Association, took place, in Lisbon, at Palace Foz.

I am happy to inform that the single candidate list that I submitted, was elected, by general assembly, on the 15th December 2015 for a further four year mandate, with myself as President. Under PDA’s new statutes the governing bodies now have a General Council, composed of 50 members that represent all regions throughout Portugal.

We have new challenges ahead, and new commitments and therefore will be very busy in contributing to the improvement of Oral Health Care in Portugal!

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Sumptuous interior of the XVIII century Palace Foz, revivalist style located at Lisbon downtown.

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From left to right, Paulo Ribeiro de Melo (former secretary general and member of the new General Council), Luís Filipe Correia (president of Ethics Council), Orlando Monteiro da Silva (President/bastonário), Fernando Araújo (secretary of State Assistant and of Health), João Caramês (president of the General Assembly) e Ana Cristina Mano Azul (president of the Fiscal Council).

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The ceremony took place in Lisbon. Was attended by numerous representatives from the Portuguese profissional associations and politicians like Teresa Caeiro, vice president of the Portuguese Parliament, Carlos César, leader of the Socialist Group at the Parliament (Government party), and António Correia de Campos, former Ministry of Health, among other academic, professional and scientific personalities.

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Closing speech.


Portuguese Dental Association Annual Congress

November 20, 2015

The Portuguese Dental Association held its annual congress from the 12 to the 13th November at Meo Arena in Lisbon. The 24th edition of PDA’s congress registered 84 lecturers, 108 posters and 10 730 participants. Expo Dentaria, which is held simultaneously with the congress, boasted 118 companies, representing a total of 390 stands.

These numbers just go to show that this year’s congress was one of the best ever in the history of PDA!

I would like to share with you some of the highlights of this events:

The venue for this year’s congress, situated near the river Tejo, made everything more pleasable:

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The opening ceremony of the congress, with the presence of the former President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio, and the Minister of Health, in functions at the time, Fernando Leal da Costa.

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Jorge Sampaio

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Fernando Leal da Costa

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Orlando Monteiro da Silva

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Opening ceremony audience

The scientific sessions always gathered a significant audience, reflecting the quality and interest of the lectures.

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A look at our Expo-Dentária dental fair:

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See you next year in Porto where the 25th edition of the Portuguese Dental Association Congress will be celebrated!


Honoured by my city. Thank You Porto!

July 12, 2015

“It was with great surprise and an even greater honour that I received the Gold Medal of Merit of my city. A city that is also closely linked to Dental Medicine as it has been the headquarters of the Portuguese Dental Association (PDA), since the foundation, in 1991. Even before that when the Profession was not yet autonomously organized, at those days together with the physicians. I receive it on behalf of all my fellow dentists and of all our collaborators at PDA.” These were my first words. The honour I felt was not only at a personal level, but it was also like a collective feeling of pride in representing the dental medicine profession.

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The Gold Medal of Merit of the Municipality of Porto is awarded to citizens and institutions that have distinguished themselves through personal merit or civic accomplishments.

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Receiving the Gold Medal of Merit by the Municipality of Porto, at the public ceremony held last 9 july.

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The Pergola is one of the iconic images of Porto. A large sidewalk by the Atlantic sea.

Thank you Porto!


Academy of Dentistry International

April 1, 2015

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Friedrich A. Herbst, past executive director of IDM, International Dental Manufacturers, recommended me for fellowship of ADI, Academy Dentistry International. The convocation took place in Cologne, Germany at the 36th International Dental Show 14 March 2015.

“The Academy of Dentistry International is the international honor society for dentists dedicated to sharing knowledge in order to serve the dental-health needs and to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world. Through the development of fellowship and understanding, the Academy endeavors to create opportunities for service in order to assist in the establishment of a world at peace.”

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Back row, left to right: Hans Jürgen Schmitt, Christian Berger, Dusko Gedosev, Mariana Pacurar, me, Günter Dhom, Hassan Shayesteh and Kaveh Seyedan.

Front row, left to right: Tobias Bauer, Ramon Baez, Peter Malata and Gerhard Seeberger. (Photo credits)

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With FDI speaker, Gerhard Seeberger.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to state the enormous capacity of Fred Herbst as executive director of IDM.

Fred was responsible in these last 17/18 years for projecting IDM. His executive leadership was also inspiring for me. I had an enormous pleasure in working with him for a few years.

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Fred, all the best for your next endeavours!


Honorary membership of the Spanish Dental Association. ¡Gracias España!

January 20, 2015

I proudly received the nomination “Miembro de Honor” awarded by the Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Odontólogos, y Estomatólogos de España (Spanish Dental Association).

For me, this nomination is particularly important due to the fact that it was decided by all the Spanish representatives regions of the profession.

We share, Portugal and Spain, neighbouring countries, similar approaches in terms of ethics and quality.

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From left to right, Óscar Castro Reino, presidente del Consejo General de Dentistas de España, me and Juan Carlos Llodra Calvo, secretario del Consejo General de Dentistas de España.

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My sincere congratulations to José Font Buxó awarded with “Premio Santa Apolonia 2013” and also to the past president Alfonso Villa Vigil distinguished with “Presidente de Honor”.

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¡Olé!


Back to China!

November 30, 2014

Let me share with you some moments of my presence in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. The Hainan Province is one of the main special economic zones of the Republic of China.

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There the BIT’s 1st Annual International Congress of Dental & Oral Medicine (CODM2014), took place from 13th to 16th November, Organized by BIT Life Sciences.

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The theme of the CODM-2014 was “Bring Beautiful Smile to the Earth”, and aimed at to attracting strategies for managing prevention and control of oral diseases. The congress had several topics such as Oral Biology, Oral Diseases and Therapy, Oral Cancer, and so on.

I was one of the Keynote Speakers of this event, under the theme
Shaping the future of oral health.The moderator was Dr.Shuguo Zhenk, from the Peking University School of Stomatology.

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A statement shared with an audience of international attendees:

“Oral healthcare provision is an important industry which generates a considerable turnover. According to WHO, it is the fourth most expensive disease to treat worldwide. For example, total expenditure for dental care in the United States was estimated at more than 100 billion dollars in 2009, and the market for dental supplies in China alone is due to reach 3.1 billion dollars in 2012, with an 11% annual growth rate.”(FDI Vision 2020).

In parallel, six other events were occurring:
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Four Nobel Prizes in Chemistry participated:
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Group photo:

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I’m sure I’ll come back to continue following closely the “explosion” of dental medicine in China!


First Portuguese Oral Health Barometer!

November 27, 2014

The Portuguese Dental Association held its annual congress on the 6th, 7th and 8th November 2014, at Exponor in Porto, Portugal. The twenty-third edition of OMD’s congress had 48 speakers, 115 posters, 3110 attendances, 7250 visitors to Expo-Dentária and 130 companies with 347 booths at Expo-Dentária.

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I would like to share with you some special moments, in special the launch of the first Portuguese Oral Health Barometer and its results.

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See below a short video resuming the conclusions.

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I would like to highlight the conference Dental Medicine in Europe . Aspects of the oral health system from different European realities were shared and debated with the audience.

From left to right: Sara Roda (Council of European Dentists Policy Officer), Alasdair G. Miller (President of the British Dental Association, United Kingdom), Juan Carlos Llodra (Secretary of the Consejo General de Colegios de Odontólogos y Estomatólogos de España, Spain), me as moderator of the conference, Catherine Mojaïsky (Confédération Nationale des Syndicats Dentaires, France), Óscar Castro Reino (President of the Consejo General de Colegios de Odontólogos y Estomatólogos de España, Spain), Filipa Carvalho Marques (Director of the Legal Department of the Portuguese Dental Association).

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Meeting with Portuguese Dental Students Associations and European Dental Students’ Association.

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It is always a huge effort to yearly launch such a congress, given that the Organizing Committee is only composed of volunteers. At the end an enormous pride fills us with a feeling of mission accomplished in contributing to the continuing of education of the oral health team in Portugal.

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Thank You and keep calm, see you in Lisbon, the 12th, 13th, 14th November next year!


Thank You ADA!

October 28, 2014

Honoured with ADA’s tribute I cannot give away the present moment without a feedback to my friends and colleague’s followers of my blog through these last few years.

The ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting took place in San Antonio, Texas, from 9th till 14th October.

Presentation of Honorary Membership at the Meeting of the American Dental Association by ADA President Charles H Norman III

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ADA President Charles H Norman III remarks:

…”As FDI President, he worked collaboratively with the ADA as we jointly sought to ensure the World Health Organization, United Nations and others to promote oral health as a global health priority”… (read more)

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Maxine Feinberg, ADA President-Elect at the ADA Opening Ceremony

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Source: ADA- news –Press Release …” In nominating, Dr. da Silva, then ADA President-Elect Maxine Feinberg underscored how his leadership helped transform FDI, moving the international organization in the “right direction” toward “greater financial security.”

She also addressed his efforts to expand access to care. “He has worked tirelessly to improve the oral health of underserved populations all over the world,” Dr. Feinberg wrote. “His energy is boundless. He should be an inspiration to all.”

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…” My sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees, to the ADA, to those I’ve working with this last years, many of them present in this room!
A special word for my colleagues in Portugal.” (read more)

Addressing to ADA House of Delegates

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The opening general session had as Distinguished Speaker George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation.

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From left to right, Greg Chadwick ADA Past President , Kathryn Kell, FDI Treasurer , Charles H. Norman III, ADA President at the “ADA International Reception”.

San Antonio, Saint Anthony (1195 – 1231) also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.

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“San Antonio – For whom the City & River are named. Gift of Portugal”

Beautiful San Antonio River…

American Texan Style…


ADEE Riga Latvia-Emerging new approaches to dental education

August 31, 2014

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The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) was founded in 1975 as an independent European organisation representing academic dentistry and the community of dental educators.

ADEE members are European university dental schools, about 80%, specialist societies or other national dental bodies concerned with or related to dental education.

I was invited by Damian Walmsley, ADEE President, to deliver a keynote address at the 40th ADEE Annual Meeting, held this year at the Rīga Stradiņš University, in Latvia, on 28th August.

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I would like to thanks to ADEE and to Professor Ilze Akota, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, for the warm welcome and opportunity to share the strategic document Vision 2020.

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My address: “Vision 2020, Shaping the future of oral health” focused very important challenges for the future of oral health.

Current traditional models of dental education have not been yet able to adequately address disparities in oral health. Moreover, there is a growing disconnect between dental and medical education, despite wide recognition that oral health is an integral component of general health. We are working to support the reshaping of educational models to better equip members of oral health care workforce team for the challenges. (Vision 2020)

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Picture and comment from Kate Fabrikant,Professional and Scientific Relations Procter & Gamble.

“Discussion of future of oral health and barriers to overcome. Let’s focus on growing importance of health oriented dental education!”

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Tour to the Institute of Stomatology, guided by Prof. Egita Senakola

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With Damian Walmsley at the celebration Dinner at The Small Guild (the building was erected in the years 1864—66 after a project by architect Johann Felsko in Neo-Gothic style).

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Thank You ADEE, Thank you Riga!


Elected Honorary Member of the ADA!

July 10, 2014

A few days ago, I received the most pleasant surprise:

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Charles H. Norman III, ADA President wrote to me on behalf of the ADA Board of Trustees informing me of my election to the Honorary membership in the American Dental Association!

…”The honor is conferred by the Board of Trustees on those individuals who made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry”….

This honorary Membership is a tremendous joy for me.

The ADA and its efforts in promoting oral health in the United States and at global level have always been a source of inspiration for me.

I remember very well in the beginning of the past decade, applying for ADA Affiliate membership. Besides being part of the ADA organization, the possibility of accessing the most valuable information in terms of oral health promotion was of tremendous importance for me not only as a dentist in the private practice, but also for the professional organizations in which I was involved.

The ADA, being on the frontline of the defence of dentists and the profession in the US, constituted many times a source of inspiration to launch similar battles in Portugal , at an European Union level and later on at an FDI level.

I could never have imagined at the time, that one day I would be distinguished with such an honour!

This election by the ADA, one of the biggest, oldest and most respected professional organizations of the world is an enormous incentive to continue the fight to help promoting access of the populations to oral health!

My sincere thanks to the ADA! I’m looking forward to seing you all at the ADA 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, 9-14 October