You can have a Cavity Free Future! Everyone knows something about tooth decay. It affects almost all of us. But the majority of decay can be prevented and most certainly that’s what we aim to do!
That is why the ACFF ANZ Chapter are working to
Stop Caries NOW for a Cavity Free Future!
Tooth decay affects nearly 100% of the population.
But this can be prevented.
Here at ACFF ANZ we believe that everyone needs to know how to prevent cavities – holes in teeth – tooth decay.
By working together, we can reach a goal of a “cavity-free future”. We are the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future.
Our goal is that children born after 2026 should remain cavity free for life.
Tooth decay (caries) is a continual process of give and take. Plaque bacteria ferment sugar on teeth into acid. These acids dissolve calcium from tooth surfaces (demineralisation) but nature fights back restoring the lost calcium from saliva (remineralisation). Fluoride is the main protective factor against demineralisation. When fluoride is available from drinking water and toothpaste it dramatically increases the remineralisation rate. The balance between demineralisation and remineralisation tips in favour of excess calcium loss from the teeth when they are exposed to a lot of sugar, frequently. This is early decay (white spot lesions) and will progress to cavities if not stopped.
The good news
Tooth decay can be stopped, reversed, and prevented and most importantly we now have the technology to achieve this. It is the goal of the ACFF that children born after 2026 should remain cavity free for life.
Today, sugar-enriched food is freely available and makes up a significant part of many peoples diet. This has resulted in a rise in tooth decay in Australia and most other regions in the world, particularly, developing countries. Only 49% of 6-year-olds in Australia today have no decayed teeth. On average the 51% of 6-year-olds who have experienced tooth decay have five teeth that are decayed, have fillings or have been extracted due to decay. Furthermore, the worst 10% of these children have an average of ten or more decayed, filled, or extracted teeth. These are shocking statistics.
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