According to data from the Ministry of Health, half of Brazilians, between 35 and 45 years old, have already lost at least 12 teeth. The country is also the third in the world with the most occurrences of oral cancer. A survey by the National Cancer Institute (INCA) reveals an average of 15,000 new cases of the disease per year in Brazil. To discuss this scenario, within the Unified Health System (SUS), the 7th Collective Oral Health Research Meeting was held. The official opening of the event took place this Thursday (25), in the building of the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).

Promoted by the Collective Oral Health Thematic Group of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (GTSB / Abrasco), the meeting aimed to strengthen the dialogue between researchers and professionals in the area. “Our fight is so that more Brazilians can have a full belly and a mouth full of teeth too,” said Professor Sonia Chaves, president of the organizing committee of the event.

For the representative of the Bahia Regional Dental Council (CRO-BA), Professor Rosângela Rabelo, the meeting is also an opportunity for the university to rethink the role with the population. “We are a part of society that has a great tool: knowledge. And this knowledge must be extended more and more beyond the university, ”he said.

The 7th Meeting of Collective Oral Health Research was also attended by professors Paulo Miguez, Vice-Rector of UFBA; Júlio Rocha, director of the Faculty of Law; and Graça Alonso, professor at the UFBA School of Dentistry.

Defense of democracy

The opening conference was held by Professor Luis Eugenio de Souza, postgraduate coordinator of the Institute of Collective Health (ISC / UFBA), who discussed the main challenges in the fight for democracy in the fields of politics, economics and health. “Civil society needs to take the lead right now,” he said.

During the lecture, the professor presented the document “For the guarantee of the universal right to health in Brazil”, prepared for the 16th National Health Conference. The event, which will be held between August 4th and 7th, in Brasilia, should bring together more than 4,000 people to discuss public health policies for the country.

Among the issues addressed by the publication is the defense of Social Security and Public Welfare, in addition to strengthening the SUS. “The Brazilian people already spend a lot on health, especially the poorest. To reduce families’ direct spending on medicines, tests and consultations, it is necessary to expand access and improve the quality of SUS services, ”the document highlights.

According to the professor, events such as the 16th National Health Conference, and the 7th Collective Oral Health Research Meeting, are an opportunity to gather strength in the current scenario of instability. “It is a long-term struggle, of resistance, from day to day, and that is also done in moments of meeting”.

To read the full document “For the guarantee of the universal right to health in Brazil”, click here.

Bahia Charter

From the event, researchers and professionals in the area prepared the “Bahia Charter for the right to oral health”, with the positioning of GTSB / Abrasco in relation to public policies in the country. Among the items of the document, is the request for support to class entities, managers, workers and social movement in the approval of the Bill (PL) No. 8.131 / 2017, which is pending in the National Congress, and Institutes the National Oral Health Policy. under the Unified Health System (SUS). To read the full letter, click here.


The 7th Collective Oral Health Research Meeting also honored researchers and professionals who excel in promoting public health in the country. Among them, Professor Carlos Botazzo, Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo (USP).

Visiting the ISC / UFBA in February, when he participated in a lecture, the professor spoke about the main challenges for oral health in Brazil. Check out the interview:

Other important agents of the Brazilian collective oral health were honored as Prof. Paulo Capel Narvai (USP), Professor. Efigenia Ferreira (UFMG), Prof. Samuel Moysés (PUC-Paraná), Professor. Maria Isabel Vianna (UFBA) and Prof. Jairnilson Paim (ISC / UFBA) for his important contributions to scientific production and critical thinking in the area.