(Photo by Rachel Ceretto) 

For more than 20 years the NYU College of Dentistry has provided dental education and care to disadvantaged communities around the world. One of the countries it works in is the Caribbean nation of Grenada, where the NYUCD/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program partnered with the Grenadian Ministries of Health and Education to undertake a national oral health survey and implement a preventive dental care program aimed at schoolchildren. In this photograph, an NYUCD dental student has the rapt attention of a class of Grenadian students as she demonstrates the proper way to brush one’s teeth. The program, known as “Smile Grenada!,” was initiated in 2011 and aims to cut the prevalence of tooth decay in half by 2013 and to build capacity within the local public health infrastructure to continue the program indefinitely. Since the program’s commencement, more than 80,000 toothbrushes and tubes of fluoridated toothpaste have been distributed to all of the nation’s schools, more than 26,000 children (nearly one-quarter of Grenada’s total population of 110,000) received fluoride varnish three times per year, and 83,000 sealants have been placed thanks to product support from Colgate-Palmolive and GC America. The Grenadian government will execute the program independently in the coming year.

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