The teaching of dentistry in Brazil officially began a little more than a century ago in 1884 when the Emperor Dom Pedro II authorized the opening of schools in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.

Since that time, Brazilian dentistry has progressed not only in clinical areas but also in diverse areas of scientific investigation.

Nevertheless, the lack of a specialized journal, Brazilian yet edited in English, has made it difficult to internationally disseminate these national studies, many of which are of extraordinary scientific value.

Thus, dinning at correcting this deficiency, a group of professors of the School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto of the University of São Paulo, with the support of the Dental Foundation of Ribeirão Preto, united their forces in the plan of editing the BRAZILIAN DENTAL JOURNAL which begins with this issue, a scientific publication which, in principle, publishes dental research from all of Brazil.

There is no doubt that this is a difficult task, but its end justifies all of the sacrifices since it is always worth fighting to internationally disseminate Brazilian scientific thinking.

Thus, the Editors hope to open, with these pages, a line of communication between researchers and clinicians of Brazil and those of the rest of the world.