More than 83% of Grenada’s children suffered from untreated tooth decay when the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program conducted a national oral health survey in 2010.
To address this incredibly high burden of disease, NYU Dentistry partnered with Grenada’s Ministries of Health and Education to design Smile Grenada: a national school-based oral health program that incorporated prevention strategies including daily classroom tooth-brushing routines, education, fluoride varnish and sealants.
Support from Colgate Palmolive and GC America enabled a two-and-a-half year implementation that reached 26,000 children in all of Grenada’s schools. NYU Dentistry worked alongside Grenadian public health dentists, dental hygienists, and auxiliaries to train and build capacity among the school and public health systems to prevent oral disease in a sustainable manner.
In 2013, these efforts resulted in a 90% decrease in new tooth decay. Smile Grenada is to date the most profound example of the capacity of the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program and its contribution to oral health research and promotion.