Dental Program moves to Sister Isles

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011:  The Ministry of Health’s “Smile Grenada” School Dental Health Program will be conducted in Carriacou and Petite Martinique today, March 2.


A team of Grenadian and American dental experts is now in the Sister Isles, where they will provide professional oral care and attention to as many children as possible.

The team, which left the mainland Grenada Tuesday afternoon, is also expected to hold educational and practical training sessions with teachers and students on the importance of regular and proper tooth brushing.

Every child will be given a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste which they will keep as a means of encouraging regular tooth-brushing habits.

“Smile Grenada,’’ a program of the Ministry of Health, is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the School of Dentistry at New York University (NYU).

NYU’s program administrator, Raquel Gill, said in addition to administering preventative to children, educational materials and oral health supplies will be given to the schools to ensure continuation of the program.

The National School Dental Health Program began February 21. By the end of the first week, the dental professionals had provided free oral care at 42 schools to 6,500 children.

The objective of the program is to significantly reduce the level of tooth decay and prevent the onset of decay by about 70 percent within the next two to three years. 

Experts say regular and proper tooth-brushing can minimize the chances of other oral related complications and diseases.   The dental team returns to Grenada Wednesday night.