Plans to build a unique picture of the burden of dental caries and its impact on the quality of life of people across Europe have been unveiled in the second meeting of the ACFF European Chapter’s Collaborative Council on March 17 in Brussels.
Dr Georgios Tsakos, University College London and President of the EADPH explains: “Although European countries have seen a marked improvement in levels of dental caries over the last 30 years, dental caries still remains a significant burden in many segments of the population. By really getting to grips with the range of attitudes and understanding of the impact of caries across Europe, we can share best practice across the dental community and identify how best we can help future generations to stay cavity-free.”
Highlighting the importance of tackling dental caries on a global health basis, Dr Julian Fisher, International Health Consultant advised: “The new draft guidelines on sugars intake for adults and children proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will make global recommendations on the consumption of sugar, to a large part based on dental caries (tooth decay) research. This is a part of a concerted effort by WHO and governments to reduce the risk of some of the most common health problems affecting adults and children today, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of weight gain and tooth decay. This tells us that dental decay research is a critical part of global health policy-making and policymakers are starting to view the impact of dental caries in terms of population health outcomes.”