ACFF - The Global Campaign to Stop Cavities
Worldwide leaders in dentistry and public health joined together to launch a global campaign to stop cavities – the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future.
The alliance calls for global collaborative action to challenge global leaders and other regional and local stakeholders to learn the importance of caries as a disease continuum, by recognising that cavities are preventable and in the early stages reversible, and to develop comprehensive programs for prevention and management.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease on the planet, affecting five billion people, or nearly 80 percent of the world’s population. As dietary patterns around the globe shift, some countries struggle to manage the growing prevalence of caries in their populations. This results in diminishing oral health; reduced overall well-being, self esteem, employability and social mobility; and affects both individuals and countries from an economic standpoint.
‘The level of resources and in intervention from both a public health and clinical perspective is inconsistent around the world’ said professor Raman Bedi, Co-Director of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future. ‘This means that millions are suffering from a problem we know how to stop. Caries deserves greater attention in order to elevate it as an important health issue.’
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