Oral Health Program

The workshop was developed by Bonnie Bruerd, DrPH and Mary Beth Kinney, EdD, MPH in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health and the Pan American Health Organization and the Gorgas Institute.

Special acknowledgement of appreciation to Joanna M. Douglass, BDS,DDS for permission to use Fluoride Varnish Application video, and to First5 Oral Health for permission to use photographs.

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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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Atraumatic Restorative Treatment

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).

Oral Health Workshop for the Region of the Americas: A Call for Action for Caries-Free Communities for Vulnerable Populations.


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.