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​Events at ADA FDI 2019

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For the full preliminary schedule, visit the main General Information page. Event registration is completed through the online registration process. For education events, visit the Continuing Education pages.

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Thursday, September 5

Opening Ceremony and General Session
5:15–7:​15 p.m. (Doors open 4:45 p.m.)
Moscone Center West, Level 1
Tickets: Free for ADA members, dental teams and international attendees; $40 for nonmember dentists from North America.

Combined, the ADA and FDI represent one million doctors of oral health in 130 countries. This year’s historic joint meeting brings together these two organizations that influence health policy affecting billions of patients worldwide. The Opening Ceremony and General Session will spotlight how we all succeed by working together toward achieving optimal health for every human being.


The ADA FDI World Dental Congress is thrilled to announce the Oscar-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg as keynote speaker of the ADA FDI 2019 Opening Ceremony and General Session. Wahlberg, a committed philanthropist, founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life for inner-city youth, helping them to be successful and lead extraordinary lives. The Foundation also travels across the U.S. to create a dialogue around the dangers of opioid abuse.

Wahlberg’s long-standing allegiance to philanthropic outreach and the Foundation’s efforts to address opioid abuse align with the work of ADA and dentists across the country. Join us during the Opening Ceremony and General Session to hear more about this important work and to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary global impact that ADA and FDI dentists make every day.

The Opening Ceremony and General Session ​is sponsored by:

 Laurel Road

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New Dentist Reception

8–9:30 p.m., Tabletop Taphouse

Get to know other New Dentists from all over the world. Mingle and grow your network in a casual setting with refreshments and appetizers provided. 

Sponsored by: Bisco Logo

Friday, September 6

A Taste of San Francisco
6:30–9:30 p.m., Moscone Center West
Tickets: Adults $85, children $25 (included with VIP Upgrade)

Roam the “streets” to see the art of Mission Street, taste great seafood from Fisherman’s Wharf, experience the different cultures in Chinatown and so much more, all without leaving the Moscone Center. Reception attendees will get to socialize and network with other dentists and dental teams from all over the world in a fun environment. Entertainment, drinks and food will be available. Registration for San Francisco Night is open to all guests. Badges are required.

Saturday, September 7

Gala Dinner
7 – 11 p.m., San Francisco City Hall
Tickets: $185

Enjoy an elegant evening at City Hall with a reception, dinner and dancing among your dental colleagues. Ticket price includes all food and drink.

Sunday, September 8

ADA Leaders' Celebration
8 - 10 p.m., Marriott Marquis

Join your friends, colleagues, peers and guests for a night of relaxed fun after a long week. End your night with some tasty desserts and a nightcap. Entertainment will be provided.