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The Spanish Dental Association celebrates the 25 years of the pioneering Child Dental Care Program of the Basque Country

The Basque regional President poses with the Directors of Health of the Basque Government during the period 1990-2015 (Drs. José Manuel Freire, Gabriel Inclán, Rafael Bengoa, Jon Darpón), the Presidents of the Associations of Basque Dentists (Drs. Carmen Perez Mozas, Fika Hernando Jose Manuel Thomas Gastaminza Lasarte), Dr. Federico Simon Salazar (Head of the Community Dental Service, creator and promoter of the first PADI in Spain), Director of the Basque Health Service and participating dentists in PADI

 

The Spanish Dental Association celebrates the 25 years of the pioneering Child Dental Care Program of the Basque Country

•  The number of caries-free children under twelve has increased by 56% since 1988

•  The target for 2020 is that eight out of ten schoolchildren under twelve do not have tooth decay

•  One thousand dentists of one hundred municipalities have participated in the Program

• 121,695 children aged between seven and fifteen were treated in 2014

The Spanish Dental Association joins the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Child Dental Care Program (PADI) of the Basque Country, a pioneer program in Spain and Europe that has placed this Spanish Region among the most advanced Spanish Autonomous Communities with regard to child oral health.

This is a project that has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the Basque regional President and the Basque Departments of Health, together with the Basque Official Dental Colleges, the Chief of the Community Dental Service, and 1,000 dentists who -distributed in a hundred municipalities- have offered free dental care to a total of 121,694 children aged between seven and fifteen in the last year, being expected that the covering will rise to 185,000 children in 2015.

Among the achievements during these 25 years, it is notable the increase in the number of children without caries. If in 1988, only 18% of young under twelve were free of caries, today the figure raises to 74%. This Program has also allowed people under thirty two years who participated in it, to now enjoy of more healthy mouths.

As for the target for the coming years, in 2020 it is expected that eight out of ten children will not have caries and that the Program coverage will rise from 66% to 75%. Similarly, it should be noted that one in three children has not attended all annual dental checkups so another goal to be pursued is to increase the frequency of these checkups.

Throughout these 25 years, the Basque Government has invested 105 million Euros, and 459,779 children aged between seven and fifteen have been invited to participate in the Program. Implemented in 1990, its main objectives have been to eliminate social inequalities and to improve the habits of children in hygiene and oral health through adequate access to quality dental care. Being a basic dental care, the PADI of the Basque Country besides the periodic dental checkups, also covers the dental sealing, restorations and other treatments needed for the care of permanent dentition such as root canals.

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