Dental care in the areas of the jungle where we go is fairly non-existent. Pulling of teeth is the option for most dental problems. In the hope of helping people keep their teeth healthy, we offer dental hygiene classes in the villages, which are very popular with the children.
We continue to offer classes twice a year for the jungle communities and children of orphanages in Lima as well.
Mari Villavicencio started a toothbrush drive in Florida and donated 1000 toothbrushes. This is Mari on the right with volunteer Meisa Bowie, holding a special bag decorated by the donors to hold the toothbrushes.
Then to the jungle - First stop - San Juan de Floresta
Juvencio Nuñez from the Yanamono clinic instructs the children in proper toothbrushing techniques
Renzo is helping to hold the toothbrush bag while the children sign their names - some of them drew pictures representing their life in the jungle, such as fish and huts.
Brushing demonstration from Juvencio and Meisa for the children
Tres de Mayo - Community of 75 people
After the children signed the bag, it was returned to Mari in Florida to share with the donors
For the first time in their lives, people in the jungle received dental care. Our first
was held in San Pedro January 2011. We had 20 visiting dentists and staff from Kindness in Action in Canada joining us for a week, treating more than 600 patients with cleanings, fillings and extractions.
Next visit - March 2013
Below are photos of Jilly Maitland teaching the dental classes