Elevating the human experience with healthy smiles around the World
Childhood dental disease knows no economic, social, or national boundaries. With tooth decay topping the list as the most common chronic childhood illness in the world, our mission to provide opportunities for dental education and service to disadvantaged children extends into international areas of need through our SWHF-Global program.*
Working with local organizations and established partners, we reach children and their families with little or no dental access in countries like Jamaica. Through sponsored mission trips, SWHF generates opportunities for volunteer clinician teams to provide life-changing oral care and dental education. Our Global initiative also assists in establishing and improving clinics where volunteer dentists care for local patients and mentor local clinicians to better serve their communities with sustainable care.
*American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
With a mostly public dental care system focused on emergency rather than preventative treatment, Jamaicans face a crucial need to improve oral health care countrywide. With 1 dentist per 17,000 citizens (as compared to 1 dentist per 1600 Americans) and only 4 specialized dentists servicing a population of nearly 3 million, dental care in Jamaica is challenged by a shortage of dentists, supplies, and preventative care.* Through Project Jamaica, SWHF-Global is helping fill these voids by partnering with ACE (American-Caribbean Experience) to support doctors who volunteer to help host quarterly medical/dental clinics.
*ACE and Jamaica Information Service