|Winthrop students dental hygiene talk w/ Nueva Vida kids|
With ON’s help we also expanded the hours of our dental care by hiring our dentist full-time and hiring a full-time assistant. 42% of the care we gave last year was preventive…cleanings and sealants. Only 11% were extractions! The rest was restoring teeth…fillings, rebuilding teeth, and temporary crowns. This is amazing in Nicaragua where in a country of poor people, most people wait until they have a tooth so rotten it has to come out…including children.
|Dr. Dirk working with dental assistant Fabiola|
At El Porvenir, the organic coffee cooperative, the children come to see the volunteer doctors we brought up the mountain to their isolated community. In March, the pediatrician noticed the children’s teeth were rotting. Why? In this remote area they had gotten a little store that stocks its shelves with candy and sodas.
In those times, however, when the children do come to the dental clinic, sometimes they come in droves and we cannot see them all, which frustrates everyone. There are about 1,200 children in these feeding centers…and we have just one dentist, one assistant and one hygienist.
We are searching for dentists, assistants, and hygienists to come volunteer…we would love to have a dental professional volunteering one week out of each month except December (a month with lots of festivities and busyness, so few patients come in).
|Dr. Becca consulting with Dr. Inya|