Trying to teach a squirmy 3-year-old how to brush his teeth is challenging. But did you know the alternative is tooth decay, infections and long-term effects of dental disease?
At a Compassion church partner in rural Ecuador, staff members have renewed their efforts to teach the youngest children about dental health. Because even though they gave a dental hygiene kit to each child, they saw tooth decay increasing dramatically among preschoolers.
“The cavities average in children under 8 years is very high,” says Center Director Maribel Vásquez. “There are no statistics in Ecuador on this type of issue, but 70% of children at our child development center needed to attend the dentist because of tooth decay. It is an alarming fact because we are working with children under 5 years old.”
Most children in the center where Maribel works have never been to the dentist, so she and the staff started a cavities prevention project.