Dr. Brian Nový, Director of Practice Improvement for the Institute, recently returned from his second trip to Esquipulas Nicaragua where he leads a team of Nicaraguan dental students implementing oral health improvement.
“I’ve been going to Nicaragua as part of a mission team for nearly a decade. Two years ago, I was looking around our clinic wondering how many teeth would be pulled during the week, and what little impact we were really having. I decided that the next year, we would make a radical shift and begin by preserving every tooth possible, then restore or pull those which already were affected by caries.”
The project, which Dr. Novy calls “Nica Smiles” was highlighted in United Airlines Hemisphere’s magazine (the seat back pocket magazine) in June 2015. More than 350 children have had 2442 primary and permanent molars sealed with glass ionomer as part of the project, and each tooth is photographed before and after treatment, so it can be tracked for success.