It’s that time of year, again! Today kicks off the 2012 May Sealant Program which is aimed at cavity prevention and is now in its third year. Sealant treatments, fluoride, and education programs are provided to children free of charge thanks to strong partnerships between the Jamaican Ministry of Health, Great Shape Inc., and the Sandals Foundation.
In Jamaica, there is only 1 dentist for every 100,000 people. The goal of the Sealant Project is to eventually, with proper funding and volunteers, reach every school in Jamaica and reduce the levels of tooth decay across the island. Now THAT will be incredible!
This year, 15 volunteers will be joining our campaign to prevent cavities for our Jamaican brothers and sisters. The pilot project will continue to focus on Jamaican children attending the Green Island Primary School. Research is also being done at Riverside, Sandy Bay, and Churchill Primary Schools to help determine the overall effectiveness of these treatments.
This year is extra special because Larry Clarke from Pulpdent will be joining our efforts. Pulpdent has donated 3 years worth of sealant materials. It is really exciting that Larry will be able to go and see his company’s donation being put to use! Welcome, Larry and Big Up to Pulpdent for donating sealant materials!
We’re excited to get back down and roll up our sleeves for this project once again.
To see for yourself the good that this project brings to the community in Jamaica, keep checking in with our Facebook and Twitter pages. The smiles we’re helping to protect are from ear to ear. Now, THAT’S a good reason to get up in the morning.