This Wednesday 14 October marks the fifth annual World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFDay). This year’s campaigns will focus on tooth decay as a disease across the life course, as each age group and generation is at risk of developing tooth decay, a disease that is almost entirely preventable.
This year’s call to action encourages casual conversations among adults, children and seniors about how we can best look after our teeth and prevent tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in both Australian adults and children. Over 90 per cent of Australian adults have experienced tooth decay. Latest statistics show that around a third of Australian adults have untreated tooth decay and one in four children (aged five to 10) had untreated decay in their baby teeth.
WCFFDay was launched as an initiative in 2016 to address the need for greater global awareness of tooth decay. In addition, ACFF focuses on the wider issues that stem from poor dental health and raises global awareness about best practices for the prevention and management of caries and cavities.
Ways to get involved with this year’s campaign include:
- Use the hashtags #toothtales and #WCFFDay on social media on 14 October.
- Watch, like and share this year’s video competition entries here. The winning videos will be announced globally on WCFFDay.
- Share your top tooth-healthy tips or show us your best smiles to demonstrate your commitment to a cavity-free future.
“Untreated tooth decay continues to present a major international challenge across the life-course, unfortunately ranking number 1 in the Global Burden of Disease Study,” ACFF ANZ chair said Professor Kaye Robert-Thomson said.
“People of all ages need to learn how to prioritise their dental health. Starting a simple discussion of how we best can look after our teeth can create broader awareness and help all generations understand how we can achieve a cavity-free future.”