Dental“There has been a decline in the prevalence of dental caries in the Caribbean since the 1990’s, yet the burden of oral disease remains high as compared with other regions in the world. A growing gap in health status exists across the social spectrum. Most of the dental services in Caribbean countries are provided through private practice treatment, with a curative focus. Dental care is expensive, making access for the most disadvantaged groups very limited. Increased costs and less investment in dental public health programs are prominent signs of the on-growing health crisis in our Caribbean countries. “

Oral Health Inequalities in the Caribbean—Dr. Rahul Naidu (Senior Lecturer Community Dentistry), Dr. Ramaa Balkaran, (Instructor), and Dr. Avind Harracksingh (Part-time Lecturer) from the School of Dentistry, UWI, EWMSC

Board of Directors

Dr. Augusto R. Elías Boneta, D.M.B., M.S.D., D.H.C.– Chairman
School of Dental Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico (UPR) San Juan, PR

Dr. James Collins, D.D.S. – VicePresident
Department of Stomatology, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dr. Arvind Babu Rajendra Santosh, M.D.S., D.F.O. – Secretary
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus,
The University of the West Indies (UWI)
Kingston, Jamaica

Dr. Yilda Rivera Nazario, D.M.D., F.A.A.P.D. – Treasurer
Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR


Dr. Bernal Stewart B.S. Eng, M. Sc, PhD. – Executive Director
Colgate Palmolive
Global Technology Center, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

Agnes Rivera – Corporate Representative
Colgate – Palmolive
Professional Relations Manager
Caribbean Region