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ADA Foundation Caries Symposium commences today

August 17, 2016
New York — The ADA Foundation Caries Symposium began today with experts who are involved in childhood caries studies, outreach programs and public health and policy in order to address the issue of childhood caries, especially in underserved populations in the United States.

The symposium, which will conclude Aug. 19 and is being held at the New York University College of Dentistry, is titled, "If Childhood Caries is a Preventable Disease, Why is it Still a Problem?"

One hundred attendees, including dental and public health professionals from 29 states and two from Canada, will hear from nearly 20 presenters.

The speakers include caries researchers, dental school deans and faculty members, public health dentists and officers, officers from government agencies and practicing dentists. ADA leadership will attend, including ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays and President-elect Gary Roberts.

"Childhood caries is not a new issue," said Dr. William Calnon, vice president of science for the Foundation, ADA president 2011-12 and one of the symposium speakers. "We have so much science about how to prevent it, but it still causes a tremendous amount of unnecessary suffering for kids. The purpose of this symposium is to ask the hard questions. Why is childhood caries still around, and what can we do about it? We want to see if we can put the pieces together in different ways and explore different, more effective solutions."

Program topics include obstacles to delivery of care and examples from successful programs across the country. It aims to serve as a forum for dialogue and idea exchanges among a variety of professionals, including dentists, hygienists, public health officials, pediatricians and others.
A full account of the proceedings will appear in the Sept. 5 issue of ADA News.