Dental Health Program brings Benefits to Children

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011:  Close to 2000 Grenadian children have already benefitted from the National School Dental Health Program which began Monday, February 21.

The program, dubbed “Smile Grenada”, is being jointly executed by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and New York University (NYU).

Since Monday, NYU dentists and other dental professionals have visited a number of schools in St. John, St. Mark and St. Patrick. Students are being given an overview of proper brushing techniques and fluoride treatment. They have also received toothpaste and toothbrushes for their personal use.

In relation to brushing techniques, Professor of Dentistry at NYU, Dr. Mark Wolff, is encouraging what he describes as two important things.

First, he says, is the use of a tiny bit of toothpaste; secondly, it’s a two-minute brushing pattern around the mouth – from one side to the other; top, bottom and the biting surface of the teeth.

Health Minister Sen. Ann Peters has said that she is confident in the ongoing success of the new school-based dental program. “It is a program that has tremendous health values to the nation’s young people,’’ she said. 

Government, she added, will continue to provide all the necessary support for program initiatives that contain meaningful benefits for Grenadians.

“Smile Grenada’’, which includes Grenadian dentists, is expected to reduce the tooth-decay level, and prevent the onset of decay, by about 70 percent within the next two to three years. 

Members of the NYU team demonstrates the proper brushing techniques to the students

 One of the primary school students receiving the fluoride treatments.