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What We Do
​Our team arrives on a Sunday and transforms an empty schoolroom into a eight-chair dental clinic. By Monday morning, a long line of excited school children weaves down the hallway, and our team works diligently over the next few days to serve them all before moving the clinic to another school where hundreds more children and their parents eagerly await. 

We visit the same schools each year, ensuring that children receive continuity of care and true preventative dentistry. We also build trusting relationships with the school teachers and staff. Teaching and training teachers and parents continues to be an essential goal that will sustain our work. As teachers take over this work, we are expanding into more rural schools

Our engineers keep the clinic running smoothly in very grass roots, less-than-optimal conditions while at the same time, work to improve community problems such as access to clean water and solar energy. 


Education: We teach dental hygiene and good eating habits to the children and give teachers materials to continue this important effort throughout the school year. Our hands-on curriculum – songs, demonstrations and games – engage the children and leave them with lasting impressions. 

Fluoride for all: We apply preventive fluoride treatments to all school children and train and equip teachers to continue this important preventative care after we leave.

Preventive sealants: We provide dental sealants to all children who have their permanent molars to prevent decay and preserve their teeth.

Urgent care: Our triage team identifies children with serious decay and abscesses. Our dental team provides treatment that can prevent life-threatening health problems. When necessary, we do fillings and extractions.

The fluoride team busy at work
Dr. Luis & Marshall (assistant)
Sue & Rubi coordinate with school principal and local health educators
Marshall (educator)  teaching dental hygiene