World Cavity-Free Future Day
3rd World Cavity-Free Future Day (#WCFFDay) - 14th October 2018
WCFFDay is an initiative which was launched in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future as a way to increase awareness of dental caries and educating populations about dental hygiene, and the benefits of preventive dental intervention.
2017’s WCFFDay celebration brought together people from around the globe who took put on media campaigns, lectures and educational events, even offering free check-ups in mobile bus clinics!
We were joined by a variety of partners including Public Health groups, dental organisations and practitioner groups from around the world, committed to sharing the message that cavities do not have to be an inevitable part of life. Building on the success of last year, WCFFDay 2018 looks set to be even bigger and better, with messages shared and activities planned across six continents.
One of the simplest ways to get involved is to join the WCFFDay Social Media Campaign, which will be sharing tips and information and linking in via #WCFFDay during the lead up to and on the day of the WCFFDay celebrations.
For more information about World Cavity-Free Future day, or to download a free resources pack containing shareable material, please visit www.wcffday.org.
Next World Cavity-Free Future Day (#WCFFDay) 2017
Keep checking our website for further details on the next event taking place on Saturday 14th October 2017.
World Cavity-Free Future Day (#WCFFDay) 2016
Friday 14th October 2016 marks the first official ‘World Cavity-Free Future Day’. The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, together with a number of global dental organisations, thought leaders and members of the dental community, are thrilled for this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health habits, and sharing advice to keep you and your families Cavity-Free.
Why is #WCFFDay important?
Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. In fact, dental caries, which includes all stages of tooth decay, is the most common, preventable chronic disease on the planet, yet it remains largely untreated.
The social and economic detriments of the disease span virtually every aspect of daily life, dramatically impacting the quality of lives of those who suffer from it through pain and discomfort, missed days or decreased participation in school and work and poor nutrition habits. Treatment can be costly, and unfortunately remains unaffordable to many of those disenfranchised communities who suffer most.
By sharing clear advice on the most effective ways to beat cavities and improve overall oral health, and raising awareness through initiatives like #WCFFDay, we believe that a real difference can be made both for individuals and for communities. We aim to bring together key thought leaders, organisations and the general public to rally together to give a wakeup call to those with the power to make social, economic and political changes to move us one step closer to a Cavity-Free Future.
Key Caries Facts
- Untreated dental cavities in adults is the most common dental problem globally.
- If caught and appropriately treated in the early stages, caries does not need to lead to cavities.
- Regular tooth brushing and limiting sugar consumption remain the two most effective personal tools we have to combat cavities.
- Tooth decay carries serious shared risk factors with other non-communicable diseases, including obesity and diabetes.
What can I do to improve my Oral Health?
Click here for Professor Tim Newton’s ‘Three Simple Steps towards being Cavity-Free’.
How can I get involved in #WCFFDay?
Social change is only possible if enough people get on board. By engaging the #WCFFDay hashtag on October 14th, you become a part of our social movement. Why not tweet/share a photo of your smile to show your support for our fight to ensure a future free from cavities? Keep your eyes open for updates of activities in your area supporting World Cavity-Free Future Day