The Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School in Cochabamba, Bolivia provides vocational training for indigenous girls. As part of their training, both staff and students give free or at-cost dental care to thousands of children a year. A key research project for Smiles Forever is in the Chapare tropical zone. In the village school we bring the latest in cavity prevention & dental hygiene education. We also provide dental care to burned children and for indigenous children at live-in facilities.
Poor diet, along with virtually no available dental care, has caused a critical health situation. In our 18 years serving the indigenous community, we have treated 44,000 children. For instance, children in shelters have no access to dental care without the Smiles Forever dental hygienist school's outreach program. The girls we educate have a future. We are expanding to provide dental care to two towns, including one in the jungle to give initial and follow-up treatment to school children.
Smiles Forever is a field-tested international award-winning Dental Hygiene full service program. The students work along side the staff dentist to give free dental care to thousands of needy children each year during the course of their training. Besides offering optimum care at our dental service clinic, we are also broadening our outreach by serving 30 off-site facilities mainly for at-risk indigenous children. One project serves 350 school children in the tropical Chapare district.
We can make a difference in the dental health of a nation with the ever-broadening ripple effect. Smiles Forever educated dental hygienists not only treat thousands during the course of their training, but they also return to work and in other ways serve their community. The graduates have formed a dental hygienist society to help. Our goal is to bring dental care to more indigenous children and their communities at an increased rate. Our successful model can expand quickly to reach more!