Facts

  • People in developing countries are burdened by a significant number of oral diseases. The situation is further aggravated by poverty, poor living conditions, lack of dental awareness, and the absence of appropriate policies and funding to provide basic oral health care.
  • According to the World Health Organization, oral diseases like dental caries (tooth decay), periodontitis, and oral and pharyngeal cancers are global health problems in both industrialized and developing countries, especially among poorer communities. An estimated 5 billion people worldwide suffer from dental caries.
  • The most important challenge is to offer essential oral health care within the context of primary health programs. Community empowerment, harmonization, and organization techniques need to be applied according to the primary health care concept.
  • Oral health care is virtually nonexistent in rural areas of most developing countries, where more than 80 percent of the population lives. Recently, community-based oral health programs have been initiated in some countries to fill the gap. These programs give more emphasis to oral health promotion and prevention of oral diseases than to treatment of the consequences.

What We Do

  • As a primary service in the acute phase of disaster relief, we provide emergency dental treatment to address pain and oral infections.
  • We place a strong emphasis on preventative care. We provide dental hygiene instruction, fluoride treatment, and oral hygiene aids.
  • The portability of our equipment allows us to deploy to remote or neglected areas where dental treatment is scarce or non-existent.

Our Impact

  • As part of our first responders our dental providers offered emergency dental treatment
  • We provided preventative care and education to thousands of patients

How Can You Help?

  • Donate today and help us change the oral health of the villages and areas of our mission trips.

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