How was TdB founded
In 1995, Dr. Fábio Bibancos wrote his first book, Um sorriso feliz para seu filho (“A happy smile for your child”) (CLA Publishing House), focused on preventing dental problems. Due to its launching, he was invited to carry out lectures in private schools and, later, in public schools.
In public schools, mothers showed the oral condition of their children, and the prevention was no longer efficient. So, he decided to get together with 15 co-workers and they began to examine some patients in their offices, at no charge. That is how the idea came up and it has become, nowadays, one of the largest specialized volunteering network in the world: Dentista do Bem (“Dentist for Good“).
In 2002, with a significant increase in the number of dentists, TdB was made official and received a certificate from the Ministry of Justice as a Public Interest Non-Governmental Organization (OSCIP, in portuguese).