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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Dental caries are the most prevalent disease among children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Children feel the effects of the caries which cause:


  • pain and discomfort
  • tooth loss
  • misalignment of teeth
  • absences from school

Research has shown that appropriate amounts of fluoride can reduce dental caries by as much as 80%.

The Foundation contributed to a long term PAHO/WHO project to boost the availability of fluoride in the regular diet of children by adding fluoride salt. The project:

  • shared innovative methods and technology with the salt industry to achieve consistency and quality in salt fluoridation
  • improved the surveillance of salt fluoridation programs

Real Results :
Since the inception of this project in 1993, more than 250 million people in 17 countries have benefited from access to fluoridated salts.

Western Hemisphere Map & Oral Health

Access to fluoridated salts has led to significant reductions in dental caries…

  • Colombia – 52.1% reduction
  • Costa Rica – 76.1% reduction
  • Jamaica – 84% reduction
  • Mexico – 45.7% reduction
  • Uruguay – 41.5% reduction

Click here to see what the Journal of Public Health Dentistry says about the book Promoting Oral Health: The Use of Salt Fluoridation to Prevent Dental Caries.

The Regional Oral Health Project is helping create healthy smiles for healthy children!

Smiling Boy
Dentist with smiling patient