The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) encourages dental professionals to take part in World Cavity-Free Future Day on Monday, October 14, by using the hashtag #BabiesAreSweetEnough to emphasize the need to limit sugar consumption among children, particularly infants.
The ACFF also encourages families to take better care of their children’s oral health by:
- Increasing the age at which food and drinks that include sugar are introduced to children’s diets as well as reduce frequency of consumption
- Ensure their children brush their teeth twice a day with an age appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Take their children to visit the dentist before they’re a year old
- Be mindful that bottle-feeding and breastfeeding beyond 12 months increases the risk of caries
Each of the ACFF’s 28 chapters spanning 40 countries will campaign in their respective localities to spread awareness of World Cavity-Free Future Day. The organization also is offering information and resources about cavity prevention online.
Worldwide, the ACFF reports, between 60% and 90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% of adults have dental caries, with rotten teeth being the single biggest cause of British children being admitted to the hospital. The ACFF aims to have every child born after 2026 remain cavity-free throughout their lifetime.
“Only through cooperation and action will we make a difference in controlling the dental caries process with families all over the world,” said Nigel Pitts, global chair of ACFF.