The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation held its Caries Symposium last week, with experts involved in childhood caries studies, outreach programs and public health and policy in attendance to give lectures on childhood caries.
The emphasis of the lectures was focused on populations across the U.S. that are underserved.
The symposium, titled “If Childhood Caries is a Preventable Disease, Why is it Still a Problem?,” convened on Aug. 18 and ended on Aug. 19 at New York University College of Dentistry.
"Childhood caries is not a new issue," ADA Foundation Vice President and Symposium Speaker Dr. William Calnon said. "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."
Of the 100 individuals who attended the symposium, 29 represented states from the U.S. and two represented Canada. In total, they heard 20 speakers, including caries researchers, dental school deans and faculty members, public health dentists and officers.