Provide school children with toothbrushes
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.
For just a dollar, you can give a quality toothbrush and oral hygiene education to a needy child. By giving children the education and resources they need to have good oral health, you will initiate the development of health promoting traditions. You will enable the future caretakers of the rural Amazon to lead longer, happier, healthier lives.