The YouTube channel of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) already has the video summary of the act of admission as academician of Lluís Giner, doctor in Medicine and Surgery, held on April 3 in the Assembly of Acts of Catalan labor Promotion of National Work, headquarters of the Academy. The recipient read the admission speech “Los dientes: del comer al lucir. Evolución de los materiales odontológicos y cambios sociales” (Teeth: from eating to look, evolution of dental materials and social changes). On behalf of the Royal Corporation answered the full academician and vicepresident of the Governing Board Pedro Clarós.
In his work, the new academician carries out a documented journey through the long history of dentistry, which goes back to prehistory, however much it starts as we know it today in the advances of Pierre Fauchard (1678-1761), considered the founder of this specialty. Giner also reviews the birth of orthodontics as a science in the 19th century and focuses on the revolution that for oral health involve the scientific, health and social advances that occur throughout the 20th century.
Renowned dentist and professor at the International University of Catalonia, Giner emphasizes in his speech the clear aesthetic function that is currently given to the mouth and the masticatory system. In addition to the use of what is already known as “intelligent materials” in dentistry. “Dentistry has undergone many changes in the last century, prompted by technological advances providing significant improvements in the quality of life of patients, and in the comfort and effectiveness of the dentist, however, other changes have led to a new mentality, a new way of understanding dentistry, and consequently the way of understanding health and dental care”, he concludes.