Brazil’s National Oral Health Policy – An Example for Other Nations

Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a Discovery! article titled “10 Years of a National Oral Health Policy in Brazil: Innovation, Boldness and Numerous Challenges.” In it, authors Gilberto Alfredo Pucca, Jr., University of Brasília; and Mariana Gabriel, Maria Ercilia de Araujo and Fernanda Campos Sousa de Almeida, University of São Paulo, discuss Brazil’s National Policy of Oral Health, also known as “Smiling Brazil.”

Brazil is the only country with more than 200 million inhabitants that has a universal health system, funded by federal, state and municipal budgets. In recent decades, the system has evolved from an exclusionary to a universal model, the unified health system (Sistema Único de Saúde [SUS]), where everyone is entitled to healthcare and the government is required to provide it. Primary healthcare is the backbone of the new system, in keeping with the guidelines set forth by the Primary Healthcare Reform, recommended by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

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IADR/AADR Publish Sixth Clinical Supplement to the Journal of Dental Research

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have just released the sixth clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). This clinical supplement encompasses all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences.

As the second clinical supplement to be published this year, this sixth supplement brings together emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community. This issue is dedicated to clinical and translational research, which is covered through a wide range of topics including the promises and pitfalls in the use of “Big Data” for clinical research, the use of a computerized tool to manage dental anxiety, periodontal bacteria and prevalent prediabetes, and more.

This clinical supplement also includes a companion podcast for two manuscripts: “3D-printed Bioresorbable Scaffold for Periodontal Repair” and “3D Bioprinting for Regenerative Dentistry and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering.” In this podcast, Drs. Scott Hollister and Luiz Bertassoni are interviewed by Associate Editor Dana Graves on different approaches to 3D printing, challenges, regulation and clinical application.

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