Voices to children living with untreated dental
diseases and chronic tooth decay.
Children with opportunities through proper dental care.
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WHAT WE DO
Unspoken Smiles School-Based Program
La Vallée de Jacmel, Haiti
According to Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI): the region have about 4,700 children on their 2006 report and also boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the country.
Unspoken Smiles Foundation is currently working in La Vallée de Jacmel, Haiti and focuses on a school-based program for children to achieve sustainable improvements in their oral hygiene health. In the recent trip for the 2014-2015 academic year, nearly 1000 children received our dental prevention and education program. All children received oral hygiene education, toothbrushes, and toothpastes, all at no cost in order to support good oral hygiene practices sponsored by Give Kids a Smiles and Henry Schein.
Unspoken Smiles Institute
Mission: Professional Training + Women Empowerment + Economic Development
The mission of this program is to create job opportunities for educated, but unemployed young women in impoverished countries such as Haiti by providing world-class professional and technical training in the dental field leading directly to career-building jobs as well as advancing the Unspoken Smiles' mission to create access to quality dental care for the community.
Dental care resources and access to professional care are severely lacking in many places around the world. In Haiti for instance, statistics show that are only .12 dentists per 10,000 people, where the most common dental treatment is the simple but extreme measure of tooth extraction.
The solution propose by most is to have dental outreaches charity where volunteers can donate their time to do dentistry. While charity is laudable, we cannot volunteer our way out of this problem. Unspoken Smiles Institute's vision is to empower young women living in under-served communities with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves, and more importantly help advance the Unspoken Smiles Foundation's mission in their respective communities.
Mission: Maintaining Dental Health through Prevention
Preventive measures in dental treatment are intended to defend against the onset of disease, such as using sealants to prevent cavities. Extracting teeth, filling cavities, or performing root canal therapy are comparatively costly approaches to treating dental disease, when compared with preventive measures. And while emergency and restorative interventions like fillings and root canal therapy can stop disease, they cannot restore the natural tooth and gum tissue lost because of it. The most cost-effective way to ensure optimal dental health in both children and adults is through prevention, education and behavioral modifications. Community water fluoridation is also a proven, effective prevention strategy.
Number of children served
WHO WE ARE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jean Paul Laurent
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Award Winning Social Entrepreneur
Resolution Project Fellow
CGIU Commitment Maker
Producer Latin Mondays at TAj
Sunset Salsa & Dancing in Bryant Park
Board of Directors
Chairman of Billionaires Row Champagne
Board of Directors
Founder & Director of Creative Dental Connections
Board of Directors
Dr. Edly Destine
General and Cosmetic Dentist
Board of Directors
Danni Desgraviers Benson
Sales Manager at Billionaires Row Champagne
Board of Directors
WHO'S TALKING ABOUT US
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Unspoken Smiles Project Haiti
There are millions of children in the world of emerging developing countries who do not have access to dental care. Pain, infection and dysfunction are an unfortunate way of life due to the unintended consequences of not having access to adequate dental care and preventive measures. Unspoken Smiles is changing these statistics. By working in partnership with local dentists, dental hygienists, dental suppliers, government agencies, dental universities across the most affected countries, we’re leading an effort to help kids in under-served areas get the proper education and care they need to PREVENT dental diseases.
CGI U 2015 Interview
Laureate International Universities' broadcast of the 2015 CGI University featured exclusive interviews with Unspoken Smiles Foundation's CEO and Founder, Jean Paul Laurent by Student Anchors from Laureate institutions around the world.
How Can You Help Unspoken Smiles ?
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Volunteering with Unspoken Smiles will provide you an opportunity to develop your professional skills while expanding your professional network through working along with other like-minded professionals. We offer three ways to serve Unspoken Smiles and with your help, we can teach proper oral hygiene skills and healthy habits to children living in under-served communities around the world.
Here’s how we can help you
Here’s how you can help us
School-Based Education and Prevention Program
We are seeking volunteers to assist with our dental education program. We need volunteers who can commit to one hour per week for a period of one year during the school year’s 12 week semesters. Volunteers will be responsible for teaching and supervising tooth brushing and flossing habits, explaining healthy dietary choices to reduce cavities, and assisting with developing dental health educational materials and curriculum.
Unspoken Smiles | Country Representatives work with dental students/professionals, organizations, and the university community to build awareness of the Unspoken Smiles’ mission. The role of a Country Representative is to build a strong network of dental professionals, resources, and also serve as a driving force toward meeting the challenge to improve oral health of low-income children in under-served communities through development and support of effective programs of oral health promotion and disease prevention.
International Day of Service
We need licensed dental professionals to perform dental services such as exams, cleanings, extractions, restorations and other preventative care during our International Day of Service.
We will also need volunteers to assist with cleaning and sterilizing instruments, performing administrative duties, and ensuring smooth operation of the Day of Service.
Haiti - Italy - Romania - Dominican Republic - India - Ecuador
New York City
Through our opportunity collaboration, we want to bring together public, private, and nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities to form strategic partnerships and pool resources for the implementation of innovative ideas to move together towards sustainable impact.
Tooth decay is a chronic, infectious disease that, if untreated, progresses steadily after teeth erupt into the mouth in both the primary (baby) and permanent dentition. The lesions (cavities) start small and spread deeper into the tooth. Even with screening by a dentist, the full extent of these infections is not easy to determine without the use of dental radiographs or a detailed examination. Without proper care, children with these infections develop pain and other complications over time. These include the loss of baby and permanent teeth, and general health problems such as a lack of proper nutrition. Children with chronic tooth decay can also find it difficult, if not impossible, to regularly attend school and learn and perform at high levels.
The Unspoken Smiles Foundation, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) New York State nonprofit organization— Contributions to the Unspoken Smiles Foundation in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by Law.