Improve Children's Dental Health
Children's dental health plays a critical role in their overall well-being, yet adequate dental care for children is woefully lacking in many parts of the world. In fact, 90 percent of the cavities in children in third world countries go untreated, an unfortunate fact that sets the stage for future, more serious dental problems. Untreated cavities, misaligned teeth, abscesses, gum disease, and other dental problems can directly impact children's ability to eat and/or properly digest their food and assimilate nutrients. These limitations then can impact their growth and development, their immune system, and their overall chance of survival.
Despite the good intentions of many third world countries to address the issue of children's dental health, the fact is that they simply lack the money and trained manpower. Therefore, it is often left to volunteers – dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, dental students, as well as concerned lay individuals – to help make sure these children not only receive adequate dental care, but also learn how to care for their teeth themselves.
The simple act of eating – something we all need to do every day – should not have to be painful. A child should not have to suffer from an easy-to-fill cavity left to rot, nor should he be set up for a lifetime of dental problems just because nobody has given him the equipment and knowledge to brush his teeth. Please consider offering your service to dental clinics abroad that work to improve children’s dental health. You can bring smiles to the faces of children by helping them to bite and chew without discomfort, but don’t be surprised if the biggest smile is your own after seeing how your efforts make a difference.
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You do not have to be a dentist or other dental health professional to provide essential dental care for children, although such individuals are in great demand. Here are some volunteer vacation opportunities for you to consider:
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