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Nice Smile Dental Clinic a reality

Nice Smile Dental Clinic offers free dental services to disadvantaged families.

Nice Smile Dental Clinic offers free dental services to disadvantaged families.

 Treatment, regular care, and proper education will greatly improve overall dental standards.  Treatment, regular care, and proper education will greatly improve overall dental standards.

Dr. Maiken with one of her patients at Maghaway elementary school. Dr. Maiken with one of her patients at Maghaway elementary school.

Channel of Hope, Cebu City, Philippines

Many children in the Philippines never brush their teeth simply because their parents cannot afford to buy toothbrushes and toothpaste and have no knowledge of their importance. Research shows that 77% of all Filipinos have never visited a dentist in their life. The average 12-year-old has 5 decayed permanent teeth, and more than 90% have never had any treatment.

To address the sad state of oral hygiene standards amongst poor children in the Cebu area, beginning in 2004, Channel of Hope began organizing free dental camps. Dentists now regularly travel from Denmark to work with local dentists at these camps to provide the needed dental care. The dental program has expanded to include treating the poor who live on the nearby islands of Bohol, Negros and Leyte, as well as a dental care instruction program taught in government-run elementary and day-care centers.

"It had long been our dream to have our own clinic", share Project Managers Flemming and Elisabet Hansen of Channel of Hope (COH) in Cebu. "In past years, while organizing dental missions in depressed areas, we determined to be able to offer long term solutions to the immense dental problems facing poor children.

"Our Nice Smile Dental Clinic is now a reality. Through sponsorship from the Danish Rotary Club, the United Nations Women's Guild and local sponsors, we were able to launch this free clinic, at the beginning of 2006. Rotary pledged to pay the wages of two dentists and one secretary/assistant for one year, and through other sponsors, we were able to purchase all the needed equipment and some of the needed materials and medicine.

"Our need is now sponsorship for medicine and materials on an ongoing basis. We believe that treatment together with regular tooth brushing as well as information and education will help pull these kids up to a healthy standard or oral care, and a brighter future with beautiful smiles."

To learn more click the following link: Channel of Hope