My trip to Leon, Nicaragua was incredible. With my university I went down about a week and a half ago as a health delegate to promote the importance of oral health and the consequences of poor oral hygiene. Being a surgical assistant for an oral surgeon for a few years now, this topic really resonated with me and I wanted to bring my knowledge from that experience with the science behind it to the next level in my travels. I presented my poster at a wellness fair where goodie bags of dental supplies were distributed to families in need. For the following four days I taught at schools around the Leon area. At one school in particular, an orphanage named Jacinta, I donated the remainder of my dental supplies to my class at the end. I taught the children how to floss, which I believe they have never done before before that point. The smiles on their faces being given the supplies I will never forget. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation was able to make my project come to life, specifically after my teaching in Jacinta. I cannot thank them enough for their participation in my project and for the help that they gave to this beautiful community.
This photo shows this year’s Dental Team of American and Nicaraguan Dental Professionals who worked together to treat 273 patients during 4 days of clinic near Esteli, Nicaragua. Many Thanks to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for helping supply some of our very necessary dental supplies! Each year we have been able to do more for the folks in Nicaragua, thanks to the generosity of organizations and individuals like you.
Sharon Gorman, RDH – VA
On January 7th and 8th 2015,Ana Nortje RDH, Director of Developing Smiles lead a team that distributed tooth brushes and toothpaste to elementary school age children in a rural community of Elandshoek, South Africa. This was the first project for Developing Smiles The Woodlands, Texas based nonprofit organization, who’s mission is to teach elementary school age children in rural Southern Africa importance of oral health and proper nutrition to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
With the generous donations and contributions from parents in Sterling Ridge Primrose School, the Henry Schein Foundation, and many individuals the project benefited 210 children and their families.
Access to toothbrush and toothpaste are essential elements for healthy body, elements often overlooked in nations in which these needs are readily met. In Elandshoek these items are considered luxury as many families are not able to afford them. Although children were very excited to learn about care for their teeth and receive a new toothbrush, we believe that the most impact we had is with parents. We spend great deal of time speaking with parents about the impact of parental beliefs and attitude about tooth brushing and sugar snacking on their children’s oral health.
Developing Smiles will strive to assist under-served communities in rural Africa and make proper oral health and nutrition a priority for both children and their parents. Learning how to care for you teeth and having the tools to do it will reduce the incidence of cavities and pain associated with cavities. It is expected that these programs will contribute to an improvement in students overall health allowing them to focus on their education.
On February 27, 2015, we at Sky Canyon Dental in Murrieta, Ca provided free dentistry to the uninsured and persons of low income of our community. We were able to treat around 35 patients who choose between a cleaning, a full mouth debridement, a filling or an extraction. We had 3 doctors, 2 assistants, 2 hygienists and approximately 15 volunteers help us on this day.← Older posts