Sep 11, 2019

UNITED FOR THEIR SMILES

Smiles Forever, NODK, The Tooth Fairies & UPAL
Smiles Forever, NODK, The Tooth Fairies & UPAL

The arrival of spring in September also brings the arrival of Smiles Forever Foundation, The Tooth Fairies, Shoreline College, NODK and UPAL College teams to the Chapare in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The 5-hour trip from the city to Chapare, specifically Villa Tunari to the Maria del Rosario School, represents a great logistics and investment movement for a common goal ……… to improve the dental health of the children of this school.

For most of the 600 beneficiaries, the program represents their only chance of being treated by a dental hygienist or a dentist within 6 months periods and for some new beneficiaries their first time receiving any type of oral treatment either preventive or restorative.         

The conjunction of our work focuses on the application of Silver Diamine Flouride, a product that allows us to eliminate active tooth decay, education in prevention is also carried out, nutrition and tooth brushing, Dental extractions and the beginning of a new stage on the program: Dental extractions and fillings with Glass ionomer Cement and resins that complete the aesthetic part of treatments aimed at permanent teeth.

 During our last visit a few days ago we were also part of an informational assembly organized by the school to be able to inform and answer the parents' questions about treatments and dental health of children attending school, the response was better than expected and the commitment is stronger than before. The school and the parents in collaboration with the Smiles Forever Foundation committed to develop a transitioning dietary program to reduce all types of food and beverages that has a high level of sugar for healthier foods and water, which will reflect in the  reduction of the rate of new tooth decay in the school. Also, a workshop for local dentists in Villa Tunari was held to train them on the benefits of using silver diamine fluoride in community health set ups, obtaining a high response, positive feedback and adding more components to our work

Being a Smiles Forever supporter means being able to give one of those 600 beneficiaries a chance to receive dental treatment ... your support and donations are very important to us and will allow us to extend our work to more children who are in poor oral health with an average of 8.5 caries per mouth in a range of ages from 3 to 20 years.

Maria del Rosario School beneficiaries
Maria del Rosario School beneficiaries
toothbrushing 101
toothbrushing 101
Smiles Forever staff at the school assembly
Smiles Forever staff at the school assembly
SDF, GIC, Resin, dental units at mobile clinic
SDF, GIC, Resin, dental units at mobile clinic
High school beneficiary receiving SDF
High school beneficiary receiving SDF
Jul 11, 2019

MAKING DENTAL WORK FUN

S.F. staff as Tooth Fairies visiting Villa Candela
S.F. staff as Tooth Fairies visiting Villa Candela

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Our system and work protocols dictate that we recall patients every 6 months to re – evaluate their dental status, once all of their dental work is completed. This allows us to evaluate factors such as home care techniques (use of the toothbrush, dental floss and toothpicks). The dental status of each patient is evaluated according to number of new caries and increase in dental plaque percentages.

In order to attack these issues we reinforce the education using more didactic methods focused for children. Thanks to our strategic partnership with “The Tooth Fairies Program” we use a fun and friendly character “The Tooth Fairy” to encourage home care techniques. We explain what caries is and its process through colorful posters as well as a large soft tooth with “tooth bugs.” We also include proper nutrition to prevent dental disease and tooth decay. The scheduled visits are not only directed to the children, but caretakers, staff, teachers and all members of the organization. It’s essential that they participate to receive the same message and reinforce it on a daily basis.

The results are more than awesome. Due to our visits to the different shelters, homes, and organizations (37 in all) that we work with, new cavities are under control and plaque percentages have been reduced by 73 % The children enjoy participating and we love to do it for them.

A. Maldonado, SF Hygienist
A. Maldonado, SF Hygienist
Newest tooth fairy, Gisel A., 11 years old
Newest tooth fairy, Gisel A., 11 years old
SF Staff, Tooth Fairies & children @ Villa Candela
SF Staff, Tooth Fairies & children @ Villa Candela
Jun 13, 2019

ADVANCE WITH SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE IN BOLIVIA

S. Kemper & Dr. S. Duffin with Chapare children
S. Kemper & Dr. S. Duffin with Chapare children

For many years April has represented for Smiles Forever a new opportunity to bring and spread our dental care and love to the children of Villa Tunari in Chapare – Cochabamba. This year represents a big step forward in our Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) program.  We are moving towards to the implementation of Glass ionomer compound (GIC) fillings program to provide better care and more esthetic results for permanent teeth. This program will also include sealants. SDF and GIC combined can act as a sealant.

 As part of our organizational objective to bring more dental care to the children, we proceeded to take a sample dental survey and basic medical history of another school in the area (2 miles away). The100 evaluated children from the Heroes del Chaco-San Antonio were used as a comparison group to the children of Maria del Rosario school (initial school of our SDF program since 2016). There was a minimum of 10 cavities per child as opposed to no new cavities in Maria del Rosario. Many dental emergencies, extractions and root canal treatments were needed at Heroes del Chaco-San Antonio.

This results are alarming but our commitment to the children and your support will allow us include this new 480 new children from Heroes del Chaco -  San Antonio School in to our SDF and GIC program.

Visit of Principal C. Aroja from Heroes del Chaco
Visit of Principal C. Aroja from Heroes del Chaco
Heroes del Chaco - San Antonio School facilities
Heroes del Chaco - San Antonio School facilities
Dr. Duffin & Hygienist A. Maldonado during survey
Dr. Duffin & Hygienist A. Maldonado during survey
 
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