Alliance for a Cavity Free Future

Alliance for a Cavity Free Future
Stop Caries NOW for a Cavity-Free Future
An Oral Health Resource

About The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future

The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future is a worldwide group of experts who have joined together to promote integrated clinical and public health action in order to stop caries initiation and progression in order to move towards a Cavity-Free Future for all age groups. Overall, the group believes that global collaborative action is needed to challenge global leaders and other regional and local stakeholders to learn the importance of caries as a disease continuum and to participate in action toward the delivery of comprehensive caries prevention and management that can positively influence the continuing problem of caries. By working together on a global, regional and local level, the Alliance challenges these stakeholders to stop caries NOW for the opportunity to have a Cavity-Free Future.

The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future was built in collaboration with a worldwide panel of experts in dentistry and public health. Given the goal of driving global collaborative action, the Alliance aims also to partner with global leaders and other stakeholders on a regional and local level — including country and community leaders, health and dental health professionals, public policy and education communities, and the public.

Read our declaration to join the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future and make a collective commitment to take action and elevate the importance of caries prevention and management as a global health issue.

On July 22, 2013, the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future announced the launch of a new European Chapter, to bring together experts in dentistry and public health to create a collaborative focus for the implementation of key changes in dental health practices across Europe. The launch of the European Chapter is the sixth chapter of the global Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, which began in September 2010.

The European Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future is chaired by Professor Nigel Pitts, Director of the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre (ITC) at King’s College London Dental Institute, London, UK, and Professor Svante Twetman, Professor of Cariology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Professors Pitts and Twetman were joined by Professors Andreas Schulte, Klaus Pieper and Kenneth Eaton at a meeting in London to define the goals of the new European Chapter and sign a statement of intent, pledging their commitment to improving dental health practices across Europe.

In Europe, tooth decay remains a major problem, especially in Eastern Europe and in socio-economically deprived groups. 1 Many Europeans still do not follow recommended oral hygiene practices, such as using fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwashes, inter-dental cleaning and getting regular dental check-ups.

Different countries across Europe will be joining the European Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future by implementing local specific initiatives throughout 2013 and 2014.

To see a video of Professor Nigel Pitts and Professor Svante Twetman talking about the European Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future and the dental caries landscape in Europe, please visit

For further information about dental caries, please visit EU_Chapter_Caries_Fact Sheet.pdf.

1. Facts and Figures – The State of Oral health in Europe (2012). Available at [Last accessed June 2013]

declaration on dental health

Alliance Members

King’s College London

King’s College London - is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012-13 QS international world rankings) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has more than 25,000 students (of whom more than 10,000 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and more than 6,500 employees.

The Dental Institute - as the largest, most influential centre of excellence in the UK for oral and dental research, with an outstanding record for quality assurance in learning and teaching, King’s College London Dental Institute is one of the top five centres of excellence for dental education, research and oral healthcare provision in the world.

The Dental Innovation and Translation Centre - The purpose of the Centre is to spearhead a new focus on dental innovation and the translation of research into clinical practice, public policy, and new products in order to improve health and healthcare. 

Global Child Dental Health Task Force

GCDF works to ensure that children do not experience obvious dental decay in their lifetime. Its objectives are the promotion of good oral health amongst children worldwide through the provision of education programmes and research initiatives. The fund supports national taskforces which implement local programmes to achieve these goals.

GCDF's leadership programs help dental leaders create lasting change. The Senior Dental Leaders Program allows senior leaders (including academics, policy makers, and leaders from NGOs), to further develop their leadership skills and to learn how to use them to effectively promote oral health agendas.


Colgate-Palmolive Company is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Over several decades, Colgate has had a strong commitment to providing oral health education programs, such as Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which reaches millions of children teaching proper oral health messages around the world.


The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACCF) recognizes the contribution of Dr. Nigel Pitts and Dr. Raman Bedi, Kings College London, and the panel of worldwide experts in public health and dentistry who have reviewed the technical content of the ACCF Online Resource and support the ongoing efforts promote an integrated clinical and public health effort towards a Cavity-Free future.

The Alliance acknowledges the contribution of Harvard University's Doctoral Program in Oral Epidemiology for the development of the technological content for the ACCF Online Resource site.

The Alliance is most appreciative to Colgate-Palmolive for the donation of the On-line Oral Health Resource which is in its first phase of development. We believe that this free web-based resource will provide professionals and communities with evidenced-based tools and support materials to help establish effective oral health programs to prevent and manage caries in their local communities.