Project Zero Cavities
This is a project in the Dominican Republic where dentists treat school children, and educate them of the importance of dental hygiene. It began as a project of Rotarian Dr. Eugenio de Jesus, a dentist in the Dominican Republic who saw an opportunity for him to serve a community. In the poor, rural areas around the city of Bonao, people have no access to dental care, and there simply is not a culture of dental hygiene appreciation. Poor dental hygiene from a young age results in most adults having few or no teeth.
Project Zero Cavities will take dental services to the schools. Student’s teeth are cleaned and the students learn about dental hygiene. Dentists donate their time and skill. The Rotary Club of The Palisades has raised money to purchase the portable dental equipment that enables the dentists to treat the children, and take the equipment from one school to another.
Are you a dentist interested in traveling to the Dominican Republic to take part in this project? Please contact us here.
If you are not a dentist, but would like to volunteer, there are other opportunities. Please contact us here.
Please help support this project by making a donation.
Dr. Eugenio de Jesus speaks to students and parents at the primary school, Centro Educativo Rafael Tomas Diaz Arias, where the project is currently operating.
Students have a look at the portable dental equipment.
The school is located in the province of Monseñor Nouel in the center of the Dominican Republic. This area is in a mountainous region far from the tourist areas of the north and south coasts.