Project Zero Cavities
This is a project in the Dominican Republic where dentists treat school children, and educate students and their families on the importance of dental hygiene. Project Zero Cavities began as a project of Rotarian Dr. Eugenio de Jesus, a dentist in the Dominican Republic who saw an opportunity to serve the community. In the poor, rural areas around the city of Bonao, families have no access to dental care. Poor dental hygiene from a young age leads to medical issues and further economic instability.
Project Zero Cavities takes dental services to the schools. Dr. Eugenio de Jesus and his staff examine and clean students’ teeth and teach the students and their families about dental hygiene. The dentists donate their time and skill. Rotary Clubs in the US raise the money needed to purchase the portable dental equipment and supplies. Once all students at a school have been treated, the project moves on to another school.
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Dr. Eugenio de Jesus speaks to students and parents at the primary school, Centro Educativo Rafael Tomas Diaz Arias.
Students have a look at the portable dental equipment.
The schools are located in the province of Monseñor Nouel in the center of the Dominican Republic. This is a mountainous region far from the tourist areas of the north and south coasts.
Results for Centro Educativo Rafael Tomas Diaz Arias (2015-2019)
- 128 Children
- 270 Resin Fillings
- 128 Cleaning
- 128 Hygiene Instruction
- 100 Sealant
- 98 Extractions
- 8 Presentations With The Children
- 6 Presentations With Families/Parents