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ADA Foundation opens registration for childhood caries symposium

June 24, 2016

New York — The ADA Foundation will host a symposium Aug. 17-19 on childhood caries at the New York University College of Dentistry.

The symposium will assemble experts and dental professionals 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 populations in the U.S.

The gathering will focus on the theme of the symposium: "If Childhood Caries is a Preventable Disease, Why is it Still a Problem?"

Dr. Calnon

"Childhood caries is not a new issue," said Dr. William Calnon, vice president of science for the Foundation and ADA president 2011-12. "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.

Registration is $200 and is limited to 115 people. Go to to register or to download the form.  

Discounted hotel rates are available.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Yoshie Whan at