Oral health is essential to a high quality of life and wellbeing across the life course.

The mission of PAHO's Oral Health Program is to strengthen oral health services among member countries, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Through communication and collaboration, the program strives to provide the information and resources necessary to promote equal and quality oral health care for all the people in the Americas.

The Oral Health Program equips countries with proven best-practice strategies, knowledge, and technical expertise; and facilitates partnerships that catalyze and sustain positive change. The program also provides expertise in design and implementation of clinical trials and cost-effective alternative treatments that increase access to oral health services.

Champion examples include the enhancement of salt and water fluoridation systems; implementation of the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART); and promotion of fluoride varnishes in the Region.

Initiative Spotlight: Communities Free of Caries

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 reducing the prevalence of caries and increasing the coverage of services in the most vulnerable populations in the Region.