Its members have chronicled and promoted the research that has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that dental amalgam is a source of significant mercury exposure, and a hazard to health. It has taken the lead in educating dentists and allied professionals in the methods of safely dealing with amalgam fillings, and safely disposing the waste. It has also led the way in developing more biocompatible approaches in other areas of dentistry, including endodontics, periodontics, and disease prevention. All this while maintaining the motto, “Show me the science!”
And to always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, to do it while treading as softly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain.
Who is IAOMT – Brasil Chapter –
Brasil Chapter is an extension of IAOMT North America and follows the same guidelines and philosophies as the founding organization.
IAMOT – Brasil Chapter’s goal is to help to promote mercury free/mercury safe dentistry – by educating dentists, dental staff, and anyone who is interested in health, wellness, and environmental protection from mercury.
The fundamental mission of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is to promote the health of the public at large.
Essentially, the Academy shall continually examine and compile scientific research relating to the biocompatibility of oral/dental materials. This agenda should ensure a more informed use of these materials in clinical practice. Within these confines, the Academy shall:
Accumulate and disseminate SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION;
Promote RELEVANT RESEARCH and EDUCATION; Promote FUNDING for relevant research; Promote EDUCATION of the public, professional organizations, and other groups, by providing SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION;
Promote NON-INVASIVE SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND therapies; Provide ADVISORY SERVICES
The Brasil- Team IAOMT
Brasil Chapter Executive Committee
President - Dra. Martha Faissol
The Brasil- Team
IAOMT – Brasil Chapter Executive Committee
President - Dra. Martha Faissol
Dr. Faissol is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and she has been practicing dentistry since 1993 at Faissol Dentistry, specializing in Oral Rehabilitation (fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant on implant, and dentures). She has also served in the emergency section of Lagoa Hospital.
She earned her dental degree from the University Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro in 1993. Dr. Faissol obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Radiology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2002, and she earned an updated merit in Oral Surgery in 2003 from the Center for Dental Improvement in Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Faissol is a member of the Brazilian Society of Oral Rehabilitation (Belo Horizonte) and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). She currently serves as the President of IAOMT’s Brazil chapter.
Her extensive interest and participation in scientific meetings related to dentistry began during her college education and includes involvement in over 20 different conferences. A few of these events include the National Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Oral Rehabilitation , the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the International Conference on Implants.
Dr. Faissol is fluent in English, Portuguese, and German, and she has been essential in helping the IAOMT with delivering its Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) in Brazil, where the workshop is expected to bring mercury-free and mercury-safe dental practices to health care professionals throughout the country. Dr. Faissol is a third generation dentist, and her father, Dr. Olympio Faissol Pinto, was one of the first dentists in the world to speak out against the use of dental mercury.
Vice President - Dr. Hugo Valadares
Treasurer - Anita Vazquez Tibau
After years of experience in finance and real estate ventures, Anita Vazquez Tibau turned her understanding of law and passion for equity into a career as a spokesperson, panelist, advisor, policy activist, and health/wellness conference coordinator with the goal of ending dental mercury. This began 15 years ago when she served as a representative for Consumers for Dental Choice, and her work as a renowned international dental consumer advocate has been growing ever since.
Ms. Tibau launched Californians for Green Dentistry in 2010 and serves as the group’s Executive Director. This position has led her to cooperate with a small group of professionals in securing city resolutions from Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, and Malibu, all with the message of banning mercury in dentistry. She also garnered a resolution to end dental mercury from the prestigious Californian State branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
For the past several years, Ms. Tibau has served as a representative of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) at a wide variety of government meetings about dental amalgam mercury. Her deep understanding of the issue and her fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese have assisted Ms. Tibau in successfully making an impact at all of the intercessional negotiating committees of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which led to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. She also presented to the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) at a regional session in Bogota, Colombia.
When she delivered the closing remarks to the UNEP delegation on behalf of the IAOMT at the final session of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Ms. Tibau was proud to share the announcement of IAOMT’s Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) with the world.
She recently has published in the International Dental Tribune entitled “The future of dentistry in a world without mercury: An NGO's perspective” about her work on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as well as a continuing update on Brasil’s move away from mercury in the dental sector.