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IMPROVING ORAL HEALTH IN LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

 

Toothfriendly Foundation The Toothfriendly Foundation is an international, independent charity dedicated to improving oral health in less developed countries. Our main focus is caries prevention among underprivileged children.

The Toothfriendly Foundation is a recognized charity financed by the members and partners of Toothfriendly International.

The Foundation was established in 2004 in Basel, Switzerland. It is governed by an Executive Board of dental professionals.

See here the Statutes of the Foundation.

 

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All projects of the Foundation aim at improving dental health of children by means of introducing regular oral health education lectures and fluoridation into the school curriculum.

An improved dental health status at young age coupled with an awareness about the importance of appropriate oral hygiene and nutritional habits will also lead to an improved dental health after school has ended and in fact throughout life.

All caries prevention programs of the Foundation also include the topical application of fluoride (with toothpaste or gel). The efficacy of fluoridation is well established and documented in the scientific literature.

  • We provide toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste to children
  • We train local volunteers and teachers about oral health topics
  • We provide educational material (children's book and teachers' manual)
  • We give lectures on nutrition and oral health to parents
  • We provide free dental check-ups for underprivileged children
  • We promote salt fluoridation in countries with high DMFT
 

TF website 2The Toothfriendly Foundation supports caries prevention programs in regions and populations with elevated caries risk. Currently our main program is running in Romania, in the region of Arad. In Romania - as in most developing countries - oral diseases are very expensive to treat. There are few dental clinics with good standards and where there are, the cost is beyond many people's means. By integrating oral health education into the school program, we aim to improve health conditions for the young generation, thereby reducing social inequalities later in life. 

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TEACHING THE TEACHERS

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The Toothfriendly team is currently training oral care educators in Switzerland, Turkey and Romania.

In Switzerland, we offer educational courses for playgroup teachers, thus reaching the age group 2-4-year-olds throughout the country.

In Turkey and Romania, the goal is to “import” the Swiss model of school-based dental prophylaxis as part of the school curriculum.

WHY ORAL HEALTH

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Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from pain, infection, tooth loss, and other disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking and psychosocial wellbeing.

Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental caries, often leading to pain and discomfort. Paradoxically, caries is easy to prevent by proper oral hygiene and low sugar intake.