Brazil (officially Federative Republic of Brazil) is the largest country in South-America and the fifth largest country in the world. The word ‘brazil’ is said to have originated from brazilwood, red trees which grew plenty along the coast of the country. The major cities of the country include Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Rio de Janeiro. Most of the dental services in Brazil are provided by private sector in their health care system.
Brazil has the Atlantic Ocean on its east with a shoreline of about 7500 km. It shares its border with all the South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. The Amazon River basin is one of the largest diverse ecosystems in the world supporting numerous varieties of wildlife and protected habitats. The official language of the country is Portuguese. Football is the most famous sport in the country. Dental journals of Brazil are well known across the world.
Brazil is the member of United Nations, G20, BRICS, Organization of American States, Latin Union etc. Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has a diverse economy that includes agriculture, industry and service sector. It is the world’s largest coffee producer for the past two centuries.
The practice of dentistry in Brazil is regulated by CFO (Conselho Federal de Odontologia), a government body that coordinates the 27 State bodies. It has more than 340,000 registered dentists and 191 universities and colleges. There are numerous Brazilian dental journals with good reputation. Brazil is emerging international level in areas such as Dentistry Research, Implantology, Periodontology, Endodontology, Aesthetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Estadual de Campinas and Universidade Estadual Paulista are renowned across the world for their research in Dentistry.