Warsaw, June 25: Dentistry leaders from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia signed a regional declaration constituting the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future Central Eastern European Chapter in which the experts call for national collaborative action to challenge leaders and stakeholders in the community to learn the importance of caries as a disease continuum, recognize that cavities are preventable and caries is reversible in the early stages, and to develop comprehensive programs for prevention and management in the CEE region.
Individuals signing the declaration included dentistry experts from the 8 CEE countries, who formed the Experts’ Panel:
- Professor Urszula Kaczmarek, Poland, Chair of the CEE ACFF Chapter
- Dr Ruxandra Sfeatcu, Romania, Assistant Professor, ,,Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy
- Dr Romana Koberova-Ivancakova, the Czech Republic, Associated Professor, Charles University in Prague
- Dr Marta Alberth, Hungary, University of Debrecen
- Professor Neda Markovska, Slovakia, University of Pavol Josef Safarik in Kosice
- Dr Julija Narbutaitė, Lithuania, Associated Professor, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
- Dr Egita Senakola, Latvia, Associate Professor, Riga Stradins Universi
- Dr Jana Olak, Estonia, Assistant Professor, Tartu University Department of Stomatology
Prof. Urszula Kaczmarek, who has been appointed the Chair of the CEE ACFF Chapter, said: “Collaboration is essential for comprehensive prevention and management of caries around the world. We must commit to developing systems on a cross country, national and local level that encourage the public health and clinical communities to work together in addressing the disease. Together we can educate the public and challenge leaders in dentistry and public health to take action. Improvement in the condition of oral health calls for strengthening and continuation of more effective preventive strategies as well as increase of social awareness as far as the meaning of oral health. The latter can be done via motivating oral health promoting programs in accordance with the rule “think global – act local” – added professor Kaczmarek.