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Anguilla Antigua y Barbuda Argentina
Aruba Bahamas Barbados
Belize * Bermuda Bolivia
Brazil British, Virgin Islands Canada
Cayman Islands Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Cuba Dominica
Dominican, Republic Ecuador * El Salvador
Grenada Guatemala Guyana
Haiti Honduras Jamaica,
Mexico Martinica Montserrat
Netherlands Antilles Nicaragua, Panama *
Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico
St. Kitts * and Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos
United States * Uruguay Venezuela

*  Caries Free Communities Initiative


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:38

Oral Health Subjects


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Information on oral health and existing dental programs, strategies and/or interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
Information about the practice of adding fluoride compounds to water, salt, etc. with the intended purpose of reducing tooth decay in the general population.
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Developmental Disorders

Information on common developmental disorders in the LAC region, scientific literature and links to associations and foundations that are working to help those inflicted.

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Information on the disease, worldwide prevalence, and links.
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Information on the history, research and development of the technique, practical purposes, and current studies and trends


“Phasing-down“ of the use of dental amalgam (ver en español)

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 09:49

Caries Free Communities Initiative

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The Caries Free Communities Initiative (CFCI) is an eight year plan that represents a widely sustained effort to combat the great burden of caries throughout the Americas. The principal goal of the strategy is to reduce the burden of oral disease by the year 2015 by reducing the prevalence of caries and increasing the coverage of services in the most vulnerable populations in the ‘Region of the Americas’. Vulnerable populations are identified as low socio-economic groups such as marginalized and geographically isolated populations, women, children, and people infected with AIDS.

G O A L S :  
  • Goal #1: Ensure a degree of access of essential and basic oral health for all through opportunities directed towards the ‘care and treatment’ of the most vulnerable groups.  
  • Goal #2:Integrate the oral health component in the services of Primary Health Care (PHC).
  • Goal #3: Increase verified Cost-Effective interventions: plan of several years of fluoridation programs in the Americas and expansion of coverage in oral health with simple technologies.
A C T I O N    P L A N :
  • Phase I: Form partnerships with the public and private sectors that support the initiative and ensure their sustainability by identifying the most vulnerable communities in every country.   
  • Phase II: Oral health interventions implemented to reduce caries by 80% among targeted communities by the year 2014.   
  • Phase III: Empowering the national and local health authorities, members of the academic community and local associations, and the organization of educational activities for oral health promotion. Training of oral health professionals throughout the Region, measuring the progress, and disseminating the results.   

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CFCI Activities in the Region (reports):

CFCI Training Resources:

    Workshop “Train the trainer”

    Are you interested in participating in CFCI? 
    If you would like to participate in this momentous initiative that has the backing of Ministries of Health, public health associations, and dental schools, but needs your support and involvement to succeed, please contact us. 
    Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:35

    Final Report: Oral Health Workshop for the Region of the Americas. Mexico City, 23-25 April, 2009.

    This publication frames the collective work over three days of the `Region of the Americas` countries to propose actions necessary for improving oral health conditions.

    The fundamental purpose of this report is to give an account of the activities of the Oral Health of the Americas Workshop, the context of the initiatives, the participation of experts from various countries, and the conclusions and submitted recommendations.

    The participants’ work was concentrated on three general objectives: to discuss and share information on intervention strategies; to propose, at the very least, an intervention model on a target population; as well as to discuss the projects to reach a final resolution.

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    Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2009 10:42

    La Salud Oral de los Niños de Bajos Ingresos:

    Saskia Estupiñán-Day, Trevor Milner, Marisol Téllez. La Salud Oral de los Niños de Bajos Ingresos: Procedimientos para el Tratamiento Restaurativo Atraumático (PRAT). 2006. (Informe final. Número de proyecto 091024)

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    Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2009 09:12
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