FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. Over the years, it has developed programmes, initiative, campaigns, policies and congresses, always with a view to occupying a space that no other not-for-profit group can claim.
FDI membership comprises some 200 member national dental associations in over 130 countries. It works at national and international level through its own activities and those of its member dental associations. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a member of the World Health Professions Alliance WHPA.
FDI was founded in Paris in 1900. Today, its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.