There is only one dentist for every 10,000 Nicaraguans on the western side of Nicaragua. As a result, most people only go to the dentist when they have an abscessed tooth. This lack of basic dental care affects overall health, as we are now discovering with recent research that links healthy mouths to healthier bodies. Daily flossing can add 6.4 years to your life!
We know that good oral hygiene starts in the family and as a child… but at our clinic we see 10-year-olds who are losing their permanent molars to decay. With help from the organization ORPHANetwork, which supports feeding centers in Nueva Vida, our previously half-time dentist is now working full-time, we have a full-time hygienist, and also a dental assistant.
Our goal is to see approximately 1,200 children from the feeding centers twice a year in addition to our usual patient load.
We give toothbrushes, toothpaste, and – when we have it – dental floss to all of our patients, children and adults. We teach them when and how to brush their teeth.
We repair teeth and put preventive sealants on molars as well as doing cleanings and extractions. We can take x-rays for better diagnosis. Our goal is to save teeth and have healthy mouths.
To keep up with the enormous work load we are also looking for dentists and hygienists to volunteer their time. If you are a dental professional who wants to give one week of your time, please contact us.