The OICAL is the strategy proposed by the IADR / LAR to activate the link between the divisions and IADR sections in Latin America.
The implementation of this initiative is supported by the project “Multi-country Training to create an Observatory of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) to Adolescence for the Latin American Region”, 2018-2019 “and by the related academic institutions. It focuses its interest in epidemiology, the determinants of dental caries in the course of the life course and in the results of the transfer of knowledge to clinical and health decision making. From the mother-child binomial to the adolescent they register as privileged actors of this initiative


Improve oral health in childhood and adolescence in Latin America through the interaction of the academic centers convened by the divisions and sections of the IADR participating in the project.


The operative functions of the OICAL to fulfill the expressed mission are:
1. To favor the competence of the teams participating in the epidemiological surveys, through systematic calibrations.
2. Monitor the epidemiological profile of dental caries, its determinants and its consequences in targeted populations.
3. Disseminate the lines of research in development by the different teams, tending to the creation of multicentric or collaborative studies.
4. Report irrefutably the impact of interventions carried out in the region for the control of dental caries and its determinants, considering the inclusion of a repository of relevant publications (citations required).


  • Approval of funding from the Regional Development Program (RDP) of the International Association for Dental Research – IADR (www.iadr.org).
  • Meeting of the coordinators from each country during April 2018 in Lima – Peru for re-calibration (coordinators of each country have been trained and calibrated in the ICDAS diagnostic criteria beforehand) and consensus on the use of tools to be used during the project.
  • Beginning of epidemiological survey in each country and oral health related quality of life questionnaires.