On July 22, 2013, the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future announced the launch of a new European Chapter, to bring together experts in dentistry and public health to create a collaborative focus for the implementation of key changes in dental health practices across Europe. The launch of the European Chapter is the sixth chapter of the global Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, which began in September 2010.
The European Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future is chaired by Professor Nigel Pitts, Director of the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre (ITC) at King’s College London Dental Institute, London, UK, and Professor Svante Twetman, Professor of Cariology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Professors Pitts and Twetman were joined by Professors Andreas Schulte, Klaus Pieper and Kenneth Eaton at a meeting in London to define the goals of the new European Chapter and sign a statement of intent, pledging their commitment to improving dental health practices across Europe.
In Europe, tooth decay remains a major problem, especially in Eastern Europe and in socio-economically deprived groups. 1 Many Europeans still do not follow recommended oral hygiene practices, such as using fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwashes, inter-dental cleaning and getting regular dental check-ups.
Different countries across Europe will be joining the European Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future by implementing local specific initiatives throughout 2013 and 2014.
For further information about dental caries, please visit EU_Chapter_Caries_Fact Sheet.pdf.
For more information about the Alliance, please visit www.AllianceForACavityFreeFuture.org
1. Facts and Figures – The State of Oral health in Europe (2012). Available at http://www.oralhealthplatform.eu/sites/default/files/field/document/Factsheet_oral health in Europe_2012_0.pdf [Last accessed June 2013]