Inadequate oral health care can lead to life threatening infections. Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to serious systemic illnesses, including diabetes, stroke, hypertension, myocardial infarction, and aspiration pneumonia. The World Health Organization has noted that the primary determinants of poor oral health are “poor living conditions, low education level, as well as lack of traditions supporting oral health”. The rural communities of the Peruvian Amazon are no exception. On our medical expeditions, the demand for extractions of rotten teeth is always high. In fact, the dentist is usually the busiest person on the trip.
"Project Amazonas is a really worthy cause... The Indians in the jungle need medical care. I'm giving to the new hospital ship that will take the doctors to the children ..."
"The more I've heard about Project Amazonas over the years, about the kids with worms and all the medical problems in the jungle, I just felt, you know, the kids really tugged at my heart."