FDI returns to Madrid for congress, brings the world together to improve oral health

31 July 2017 Congress

The 105th FDI World Dental Congress will take place from 29 August–1 September in Madrid, Spain, at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid. In collaboration with the Spanish Dental Association (Consejo General de Colegios Odontólogos y Estomatólogos de España), this year’s theme focuses on ‘Bringing the world together to improve oral health’.

World Dental Congress 2017 Madrid

Programme at a glance

The congress in Madrid promises an international meeting point for sharing science, policy, information, the latest ideas and technologies in dentistry and oral health. This year’s scientific programme offers insight on a range of topics from infection control to restorative dentistry to aesthetic dentistry. Sessions are also programmed in Spanish to cover areas such as periimplantitis, orthodontics and endodontics – to name a few.

Special international sessions are scheduled over the course of the four days including genetics, anesthesia and prosthodontics. Hot topics will address digital dentistry, dental materials, and oral pathology. Overall, more than 1,000 abstracts were received from almost 50 countries. Participants attending Madrid should expect over 100 national and international experts and more than 200 courses and special sessions – including FDI’s landmark ‘Meet the Expert’ courses.

This year’s World Oral Health Forum on 31 August (9:00–12:00, FDI Assembly and Forum Hall) is dedicated to periodontal health, covering the importance of periodontal disease, its preventability and treatability, and the current problems and recommended actions related to the disease. The programme also includes a joint session with the NCD Alliance on 30 August (11:30–13:00, Room 106) entitled ‘No health without oral health: How the dental community can leverage the NCD agenda to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’.

FDI Committees at work

The World Dental Congress is an occasion for FDI Standing Committees to select a relevant topic for debate with other dental professionals. Three out of five committees are holding fora in Madrid that will address timely discussions around antimicrobial resistance, dental ethics, and lifelong oral health. Mark your calendar for the following dates:

Science Committee Forum

Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship in clinical dentistry

29 August at 15:00–17:30 in room Velásquez (Pavilion 3) at IFEMA

  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Scope of The Problem by Dr Thomas Sollecito
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: The Dental Clinical Perspective by Dr Susie Sanderson
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship - Education, Training, Action: What can you do to promote antibiotic stewardship and reduce antibiotic resistance? by Dr Celine Pulcini
  • The Antimicrobial Drug Pipeline

Dental Practice Committee Forum 

Ethical challenges in clinical decision-making

29 August at 15:00–17:30 in room 101 at IFEMA

  • Pull out my front teeth - Ethical decisions in developing countries by Prof. Sudeshni Naidoo
  • Ethics cases - Clinical decisions in general dental practice by Dr Ward Van Dijk
  • Can patients trust dentists? The ethical foundations of the profession of dentistry by Prof. Jos Welie

Public Health Committee/Chief Dental Officers Forum

Oral health lifelong

30 August at 15:00–17:30 in room 107–108 at IFEMA

  • Oral health promotion in a lifelong approach: interventions outside the clinical environment by Dr Sophie Dartevelle
  • Global epidemiology of dental caries and periodontal disease by Prof. Jo Frencken
  • Oral health promotion in a life-long approach in the clinical setting by Prof. Deok-Young Park
  • Lifelong smile Israeli style by Dr Shlomo Zusman

FDI’s committees are also proposing seven new policy statements and two revisions for adoption at the General Assembly. The nine topics include: sustainability in dentistry, CAD/CAM dentistry, lifelong oral health, odontogenic pain management, promoting oral health through fluoride, quality in dentistry, advertisement in dentistry, continuing dental education, and dental practice and third parties. These will be voted on at the General Assembly B on 31 August.