World Cavity-Free Future Day
World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFDay) was launched as an initiative in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). Its mission is to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries, the disease which, when left unaddressed, can lead to dental cavities. 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.
WCFFDay is a global awareness day and is celebrated around the world with multiple efforts supported by ACFF Chapters including outreach events, educational drives, free oral-care consultations, professional webinars, school-based education efforts and many more activities coordinated by local communities and partner organisations.
WCFFDay aims to engage communities around the world in this global flight and offers the chance to send a ‘wakeup call’ to those with the ability to make social, economic and political changes to encourage action towards achieving a cavity-free future.
Dental caries is the most common chronic disease on the planet, despite being largely preventable. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), worldwide 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults suffer from cavities, which can dramatically impact the sufferers’ quality of life through pain and discomfort, missed days or decreased participation in school and work. Additionally, the economic impact of costly treatment, which remains unaffordable to many of those patients in the disenfranchised communities who suffer most, can contribute as an added strain.
Helping individuals understand the importance of taking control of their oral health, starting by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and reducing their frequency of sugar intake, is a key step on the road towards reducing the number of people who develop cavities and helping secure a cavity-free future for generations to come.
Creating a cavity-free future will require a widespread shift in behavior for the public, policy makers and dental professionals. This type of change is only possible through cooperation and action. By uniting in our message and sharing clear advice on the most effective way to beat cavities and improve overall oral health, a real difference can be made both for individuals and for communities.
Share our resources with your friends/families/coworkers/neighbours and become an ambassador for a cavity-free future.
Use the #WCFFD hashtag on social media to become part of the social movement
If you want to run a local event, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Each year we create a downloadable resource pack for organisations and individuals who wish to get involved and share the message of World Cavity-Free Future Day. This pack contains:
-Information about the current years campaign focus
-A WCFFDay ‘Toolkit’ with ideas and instructions for how to plan your WCFFDay campaign
-A Dental Caries Fact Sheet
-Printable Doctors Discussion Guide on Caries for Medical Professionals
-Printable Dental Professionals Guide to Caries Management
-Resources to share with your patients to aid home oral care routines
-Logo and Image Files to add the WCFFDay branding to your products and posts
-Shareable WCFFDay content designed for social media usage
-Posters for display in Dental Offices
We aim to provide the content in as many languages as we are able. In 2020 we were able to provide infographic posters in 19 different languages, with some of the written WCFFDay resources also available in Spanish, Catalan, German, Polish, Lithuanian or French. We are always looking for assistance in translating the resources, and if you would like to receive files for translation into another local language, please contact us at email@example.com