Exceptional participation at Annual World Dental Congress
The final tally for the FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) comes out at 19,437 participants and 1,836 accepted abstracts. The exhibition space at the World Dental Show covered 4,405 square metres, with 220 exhibitors.
The AWDC—the 102nd since the founding of FDI in 1900—was held in New Delhi (Greater Noida), India from 11 to 14 September. It was inaugurated by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, reflecting the priority that the national government is assigning to oral health within the context of its ‘Oral Health for all by 2020’ campaign.
Oral health revolution
“What we need today is an oral health revolution similar to the Green Revolution and White Revolution that my country had,” said the President in his address to the Welcome Ceremony. “And I am very happy that IDA has been in the forefront of this campaign to bring about an oral health revolution in the country along with FDI and its partners.”
Measures recently announced include a new tax on carbonated drinks containing sugar (budget, item 236 ), the setting up of a national level research and referral institute for higher dental studies (budget item 54), and new treatment facilities for oral health care (See budget item 55).