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Experts at ACFF Symposium Call for Collaboration and Joining Up Existing Evidence to Promote Successful Caries Prevention and Management

Experts at Alliance for a Cavity Free Future (ACFF) Symposium Call for Collaboration and "Joining Up Existing Evidence" to Promote Successful Caries Prevention and Management Inaugural Symposium marks longer term partnership between the ACFF and UAE International Dental Conference (AEEDC)

Experts at Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) Symposium Call for Collaboration and “Joining Up Existing Evidence” to Promote Successful Caries Prevention and Management

Inaugural Symposium marks longer-term partnership between the ACFF and UAE International Dental Conference (AEEDC)

Dubai, 18 February 2016 – The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) held its first annual symposium at the 20th annual UAE International Dental Conference in Dubai (AEEDC) on 2 February 2016. The day-long session – titled “The Fight for a Cavity-Free Future: ‘Joining Up’ the Evidence to Make an Achievable Difference”– engaged key thought leaders in robust discussion to not only understand the existing body of evidence regarding the current approach to caries prevention and control, but to determine how to integrate that evidence and identify a clear path towards a cavity-free future for all. The symposium hosted a group of experts across key disciplines, including, nutrition, education and behavior change, cariology, public health, clinical practice, and caries management.

“The annual AEEDC meeting brings together leading oral health professionals to address pioneering advancements in oral health research and technology,” said Professor Abdullah R. Al Shammery, Rector of the Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy in Dubai and Co-Chair of the local North Africa and Middle East ACFF Chapter. “Today’s ACFF Global Symposium is a powerful example of the importance of global collaboration among oral health stakeholders to promote efforts and evidence that address the burden or oral disease on a global scale and, in consequence, drive meaningful change.”

A Need for Collaboration:

Symposium experts agreed that dental caries is a complex, multifactorial disease that cannot be prevented by the traditional focus on single factors in isolation. Very often, oral health efforts have worked in silos to address pressing issues around oral disease burden. The group suggested that organized collaboration and synergy that effectively “joins up” existing evidence between individual elements of the “Caries Puzzle,” can help fulfil the primary goal of the ACFF, a cavity-free future for all.

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