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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-66

Consensus statement of the Makkah symposium on the prevention of dental caries: Common goals to prevent dental caries in Saudi Arabia

1 Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Senior Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Vice President of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Professor of Oral Medicine, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia
3 Senior Registrar in Pediatric Dentistry, Supervisor of Preventive Dental Programs, General Directorate of Dental Services, Ministry of Health, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
4 Associate Professor of Dental Public Health, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
5 Associate Professor of Preventive Dentistry, Chairman, Dental Caries Research Chair, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Assistant Professor and Chairman of Restorative Dentistry Department, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
7 Makkah Dental Conference, Security Forces Hospital, Makkah Region, Saudi Arabia
8 Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah R AlShammery
Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy, P.O. Box: 84891, Riyadh 11681
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_38_17

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Dental caries levels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been a cause of concern to public health planners for sometime. The dental caries symposium of the 14th Makkah Dental Conference brought together leaders from the different academic and clinical stakeholders in the provision of dental health care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim of the symposium was to establish consensus on the role of different public health measures to be implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that could help reduce the overall dental caries rate. This consensus statement summarizes the key findings of the panel and presents a consensus statement on six major topics: (1) water fluoridation, (2) dental health care provision by the Ministry of Health, (3) cost-effectiveness of preventive dental care, (4) caries risk assessment, (5) evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of dental caries, and (6) the role of the dental academic sector in the prevention of dental caries. These six factors were discussed in the background of international best practices in caries prevention and how these practices could be adopted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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