HEBA H. BAKHSH

BDS, MS, PhD; Vice Dean, Student & Community Services; Assistant Professor in Orthodontics, Orthodontic Consultant, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, College of Dentistry, Riyadh.

Dental Caries Prevalence and Preventive Programs across Saudi Arabia

Dental caries is an infectious disease that has a negative impact on the overall health and the quality of life of individuals. Caries is considered a national health concern in Saudi Arabia with the highest reported caries prevalence being 95% for young children, 91% for adolescent and 98% for adults. Furthermore, studies have shown that caries prevalence has been increasing over the past few decades in Saudi Arabia. In response to the alarming situation, multiple preventive programs have been implemented through the Ministry of Health, hospitals, Dental Colleges, and health centers among others.  In this presentation, a review of the most recent published updates in caries prevalence studies across Saudi Arabia will be presented as well as an overview of the national and local community preventive programs that have been recently implemented and are currently running through