The FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2014 New Delhi took place from 11-14 September 2014 in New Delhi, India. The city saw 19,437 delegates in the dental profession from 121 countries gather to further develop their oral health knowledge and gain insight into the newest technologies and techniques in the field. The Congress was hosted by FDI Member Indian Dental Association.
FDI 2014 New Delhi featured courses in all fields of dentistry and oral health delivered by 132 experts from around the world, many with simultaneous interpretation. The Congress also featured hands-on and innovative 'Meet the Expert' sessions, free communication and poster sessions.
More than 230 exhibitors demonstrated a wide range of products, materials, cutting-edge technology and high-end services in close to 6000 m2 of exhibition space.
Over 85% of participants were satisfied and positively impressed with their experience at the Congress, with close to 80% claiming to come specifically for the scientific sessions. Around 88% of visitors visited the exhibition, with over 60% spending at least one day to do so, where key players of the dental industry showcased their products. This also included live surgeries, demonstrations, and product launches.
The Scientific Programme featured lectures in English and Thai.
FDI held its traditional World Oral Health Forum entitled Challenges of oral healthcare in an ageing society. The panel explored how the dental profession and the industry can address these issues and how can oral health be better integrated in general health.
Launch of Data Hub
FDI launched its Data Hub for global oral health, a first of its kind online data-base for oral health and related information. The FDI Data Hub is an online database collating oral health data from various international sources – including the World Health Organization (WHO), Niigata University, Malmö University, World Bank and Globocan. It makes global oral health data easily accessible in one place to a wide audience including dentists, orthodontists, health professionals, policy makers, media, industry bodies and the general public. It presents maps and tables of available oral health data which can be searched by indicators based on country, geographical region and year. Users can retrieve the oral health data visualized in maps and tables and this information is downloadable. The Data Hub indicates where gaps in data exist and addresses the need to remedy the situation.
FDI World Dental Daily
Every year FDI produces a daily newspaper highlighting key events during the Congress.