Love light smiles, child oral health promotion PROJECT
Jacodu and Albesti, romania, 2017
Many children in the Roma (Gypsy) communities of Transylvania don’t go to school or have clothes or even a roof over their heads. Needless to say, they don’t have access to dentistry. Love Light Romania, a local organisation committed to helping with these problems, hosted a small Humble Smile team to implement a dental prevention program.
Children from 2 Roma communities, Jocadu and Albesti, were screened for oral disease and risk factors. Cavities were treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride. Undecayed teeth were sealed and fluoride applied.
The program included nutritional education.
Tooth brushing was instituted into the daily routine.
THE BAD NEWS
The bad news is that our survey and interviews revealed that over 85% of the kids had tooth decay, with an average of 6 decayed teeth per child, causing many kids to avoid smiling.
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news is that the kids get a second chance at prevention with the eruption of their permanent teeth, thanks to our sponsors: Humble Brush; GSK; Elevate Oral Care; GC; Core3dCentres; Blend-a-med.