Caries Prevention Partnership

Oral diseases affect approximately half of the global population (3.58 billion people), and they are the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. Oral diseases impact people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, and even death.

Dental caries (tooth decay) in the permanent teeth is the most prevalent oral disease, affecting close to 2.4 billion people.

This major public health problem can be prevented through the implementation of individual- and population-based interventions at every stage of life, coupled with oral health promotion strategies.

Focusing on prevention and oral health promotion

The Caries Prevention Partnership (CPP) was launched in 2015 and is an international effort to reduce the burden of dental caries by shifting the focus of dental care from a restorative approach to one based on preventive dental medicine. CPP aims to prevent oral diseases by providing educational resources on dental caries, crafting advocacy strategies, and implementing activities that target oral health professionals, policymakers, and patients.

Project goals

Provide evidence-based solutions for the prevention and control of caries through individual- and population-based strategies, involving all key stakeholders

Produce practical tools to help oral health professionals prevent and manage caries and support National Dental Associations to influence policy

Recognize and support innovative and sustainable community outreach projects addressing the caries burden on a country level

The Caries Prevention Partnership project was supported by Colgate (2014–2018).


Webinars offering one Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit each are available.

Each webinar is composed of a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A as well as a short period of email follow-up to questions that may not be answered due to time restrictions. Recordings of previous webinars providing accreditation are also available.