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ADA Foundation Caries Symposium

"If Childhood Caries is a Preventable Disease, Why is it Still a Problem?"

Preliminary Agenda (includes list of presenters)

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When: August 17 – 19, 2016

Where: New York University College of Dentistry Building, New York, NY 10003

Description: Childhood caries is the single most common chronic disease of young children, commonly prevalent in poor minority populations. Numerous studies have been conducted to examine the epidemiology and etiology of childhood caries, and those studies have led to the development of products and techniques to address the problem. The widely shared understanding among researchers and public health experts is that childhood caries is easily preventable, yet, it is still considered to be the number one chronic disease among children. There seem to be obstacles to delivering a solution that go beyond the basic science. This symposium is designed to identify these obstacles, and to consider some approaches to overcoming those obstacles.   

The ADA Foundation is honored to serve as the facilitator for this symposium which will assemble a wide range of experts who are involved in childhood caries studies, outreach programs, and public health and policy in order to address the issue of childhood caries in underserved population in the U.S.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Establishing screening and treatment protocols at various venues
  • Establishing a "continuity of care" plan: challenges and approaches that vary by venue
  • Data collection: who, what, and how, at various venues
  • Outcomes studies: designing studies that use the data to change policies

Attendees will include those who are involved in outreach program(s) including but not limited to dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, nurses, public health administrators, educators and policy makers. Due to space restrictions, registration was limited to 115 people.

Registration: Registration is closed.

Questions? Contact Yoshie Whan at