The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future’s (ACFF’s) global office is based within the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's College London, with Faculty Academic Impact Lead Professor Nigel Pitts sitting as Global Chairman of the organisation, and a number of other King’s staff supporting.
The ACFF is a registered charity, founded in 2010 when a group of like-minded dental professionals and academics joined forces to create an international organisation dedicated to fighting dental caries- the disease which when left unmanaged and untreated can lead to tooth decay. Since 2013, the ACFF has made its home within the faculty and has been carving a space for itself within international dental discussion. The ACFF is built around challenging the misconception that tooth decay need be an inevitable part of life, and works to create a world where it is not viewed as such. The stretch goal of the Alliance is that ‘Every child born in 2026 and thereafter should stay cavity-free during their lifetime.’
Through an international network of Chapters (28 at the start of 2021) operating in over 40 countries, local teams are working to increase awareness of the caries process within their communities, promoting best oral health practices and offering education on the behavioural and dietary aspects of preventing tooth decay. ACFF Chapter groups have also been instrumental in pushing forward the reformation of the dental curriculum in universities to include a more comprehensive cariology syllabus and a more preventive focus. These updated curricula are in the process of being implemented across Europe, the USA, and also in countries such as Colombia and Malaysia.
In addition to the local Chapter activity, there are a range of ACFF initiatives and projects which are operated at an international level. The ACFF has built a global network of partner organisations and associations with whom they work closely in order to increase awareness and to promote the ACFF agenda across the international dental landscape. By sharing best practices and resources among practitioner and public health groups, student organisations and other NGO’s, the Alliance network has become wide branching and highly respected, working assertively towards achieving mutual goals, and collaborating to see a reduction in caries inequality across countries and social groups.
The ACFF conceived and launched ‘World Cavity-Free Future Day’, an international awareness day held annually on October 14 focused on raising awareness of caries and sharing public focused oral health messaging.This event has engaged patients and professionals the world over, reaching millions of people each year with its messaging.