My profession in Brazil- an overview
Hello Amy, BBC LE team and everyone,
Today, we will have a blog completely free of trips and holidays or you will start thinking I have won the lottery. On the contrary, I have more bills than fees. Please, remember, I live in Brazil. All the money are on the politicians' pockets.
Well...when you know someone, first you say your name and who you are, then you say from where you are and finally you say what you do in life. I don’t know if anyone has noticed that I have been following these steps.
Therefore, today I’ll give you an overview in dentistry in Brazil, what give you an idea of what is my profession.
I’m sure my smart readers know that Brazil is located in South America. It is the 5th country in size, also in number of inhabitants (193.000.000) and there are more women than men here.
But I bet you don’t know we are 195.000 dentists, mostly women, here! :-O
IIn other words, 1 dentist for each 989 inhabitants! :-O
More dentists than USA and Canadá together! :-O
60% more than we should have for developing countries in mixed health care system( private & public) according to the WHO ( World Health Organization)!
The percentage of new dentists coming to the work market is 3 times greater than the growing rate of the population!
11% of the dentists of the World are brazilians! :-O
Wow... we are the country with the greater number of dentists of the World!!!
So what are the consequences of this figure? The market became highly specialized for the benefit of the population.
And is it bad for dentists? I don’t think so. Some of the skills a dentist must have here are criativity, inovation and enterprise but it’s the same in any profession.
In my opinion, there isn’t a real competition among dentists, although zillions of them doesn’t know that, because the main oponents are themselves.
I’ll try to explain my thought.
Actually there are several competitions ( how can this be possible, Adriana? :-I )
Well, I mean that not all dentists are in the same competition, each one in each group. An orthodontist is not competing, for example, with a buco-maxilo-facial surgeon. Quite the reverse, they can work together.
Another example: a dentist who attends the middle class is not competing with one who attends the elite. Even in the same group, it’s possible to stick out depending on the schedule (out-of-hours attendance or on weekends rather than working hours)or the area of expertise (sports is a new field for example). Do you see my point?
I had better give my own example... when I had my baby and wanted to have one eye on him while working, I offered my service as a dentist in the same kindergarten where my son was being given care. This was a project that I called PDF ( Projeto do Dentinho Feliz or Happy Little Teeth Project) consisted in educational and preventive methods to prevent decays, periodontal and orthodontic problems. Maybe I can show some pictures of it some day because it’ very interesting.
Also in my clinic, the fact that there is a dental laboratory attached to it, assists me in provide a quick treatment, for example,in someone in a trip. And what if I could be gathered with other professionals and provide a spa treatment? So...there are infinite possibilities and our oponents are not definitely our colleagues but just ourselves.
What we brazilian dentists do, most part of the population doesn’t know because we work silent among 4 walls.
The president of the ABO (Associação Brasileira de Odontologia or Dentistry Brazilian Association), Norberto Lubiana, who coincidentally is from ES and was my dear teacher at the University ( I was his monitor in histology) now represents the voice for Latin America Dentistry. Recently he signed an agreement with the ADA (American Dental Association) to bring facilities to us dentists to participate in conferences abroad and for having the brazilian presence at the council’s assembly of the ADA.
We always make pressure on the politicians. Luckily,( I know perhaps people from elite will disagree with me) the president Lula has done what no other president has done for poor people in our history. Recently he announced the enlargement of the project “ Brasil Sorridente” or Smiling Brazil. As a dentist, I also can say that no other president has invested 2 million reais in courses for us.
We try to be active in the issues of the country (remember Tiradentes was a dentist!) because there is still much to be done. 20 % of the population have never gone to the dentists in remote areas and 45 % of brazilians don’t go to private dentists. So they need our attention.
For instance, a couple of years ago there was a lunatic politician who wanted to quit the fluoridation of the water supply saying that it was not necessary anymore but our association fought until the end to continue with the fluoridation because it’s fundamental for people who doesn’t have access to us. It’s the minimum we can do. I think it’s a shame for me, for example, who studied in a public university , in other words, with the money of the goverment (better to say...with the money of the population) that after my studiesI cannot pay back providing care for the part of the population who is really needing.
What do you think about this, my readers? And what is the situation in your country? I would love hearing from you, Amy and the beloved readers. I know it may be boring for you but I promisse I’ll show more relaxing pictures to you in the coming blogs.
I just want to remember that I am going to answer all your comments on weekends. Except for the reader from Linhares or he would think I'm a liar.
Hello! It's good you are from here! Keep on writing, ok? The reader from Linhares/ES asked me about the Indian, African and Japanese square in Aracruz. It's in SESC in Praia Formosa. Can you recognize the eucalyptus from Aracruz? Keep on writing. So you have agreed with me that stereotypes are only stereotypes...
All right friends, enouth is enough.
A truck of kisses
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