The Miskito Indians live in the Northeast corner of Nicaragua. This is one of the poorest areas in Nicaragua, which is one of the poorest countries in Central America. Luckily, people here have access to healthcare through medical aid provided by Partners in Health.
There is, however, no dental program of any kind: no fluoride, no toothbrushes, and no dentists. The people here subsist mostly through agriculture and a bartering system. There is no running water and no electricity, and very little opportunity to earn money.
For this reason, and because dental care has never been taught, most people do not own toothbrushes or care for their teeth in any way. Dental decay is rampant, and causes immense pain and suffering. This is an easy problem to fix. People need toothbrushes, knowledge, and regular fluoride application. Please watch our video to learn more about our program and the wonderful people it helps.
Save Their Smiles will be administered through the community health outreach program run by Partners in Health, which allows utilization of an existing infrastructure to maximize dental health and document program achievements.
Plans include training local dental technicians to perform fillings, extractions and to receive training in more advance dental care technique.