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VISION

The VISION of the AAC is to eradicate dental caries in the United States through the promotion of science based disease management. The Academy is the leading
interprofessional organization that advocates, communicates and supports development and integration of cariology to promote oral health with focus on research, professional and community education and science-based caries management for individuals and communities.
The Academy activities will not only focus on engaging the dental community but also other healthcare providers, such as physicians and nurses, teachers, social workers, and other similar professionals who may help to achieve the mission.

  • Research
  • Professional and community education
  • Science-based caries management for individuals and communities.

MISSION

The AAC has been established as a non-profit corporation since 2016 with the purpose and mission:

a. to advance, improve, promote and protect the professional discipline of cariology;

b. to provide opportunities for the exchange of expertise, experiences and opinions through meetings, communications, education, research, and publications regarding the practice and advancement of cariology;

c. to support and create educational and research activities in the field of cariology and the treatment and prevention of caries;

d. to develop and foster high standards of professional conduct among professionals who work within the field of cariology;

e. to increase acceptance of prevention-focused dental practice and minimally invasive restorative treatment;

f. to receive, administer, and manage grants, donations, and contributions to educate health professionals and educators regarding the management of dental caries;

g. to acquire, preserve and disseminate data and information in the field of cariology;

h. to cooperate with counterpart organizations with similar goals and missions and to foster cooperation and collaboration with individuals pursuing similar purposes; and

i. to engage in such other activities as may advance these goals.

GOALS

1. Interprofessional
GOALS:
• Promote and increase participation of other professions
in caries management.
• To educate, communicate and collaborate with other
organizations and professions that can contribute to
achieving the vision and mission of the Academy.
2. Advocacy and Support
GOALS:
• Advocate for increased funding to promote the vision
and mission of the Academy.
• Support other organizations and groups whose work
helps to achieve the vision and mission of the Academy.
3. Caries-related Research
GOALS:
• Disseminate, translate, and implement caries research
into practice.
• Collaborate with other organizations to define:
• Research priorities as the basis for advocacy and improved
public health and patient care.
• Training needs in cariology

4. Caries-related professional and community education Goals
GOALS:
• Professional education
• Collaborate with ADEA to improve cariology education
in dentistry.
• Provide and promote science-based continuing education
for the dental professional and all interested
professions.
• Propose, with the support of other organizations, to
change accreditation standards to include caries
management as defined by the Academy.
• Collaborate with other organizations to improve cariology
education in all health professional schools.
• Goals: Community education
• Promote oral health literacy for all individuals through all
stages of life as related to caries as a disease and its
management.
5. Science-based caries management for individuals and communities
GOALS:
• Promote the adoption of the Academy’s definition of
caries management:
• Diagnosis/prognosis
• Risk assessment
• Non-surgical treatment
• Surgical treatment
• Prevention
• Outcomes
• Facilitate the inclusion of caries management in all
treatment plans and the compensation to providers for
this activity.
• Collaborate with other organizations to promote the
development and adoption of science-based caries
management guidelines in practice and in communities