350 students in Ciudad Sandino will receive dental care. 
 
Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Preventative Dental Care for Students in Nicaragua project will provide supplies for dental cleanings, and preventative and restorative care for 350 school children every six months through the Nueva Vida Clinic, in the Community in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. The grant will also include the purchase of one portable Cavitron machine to facilitate dental cleanings.
 
Learning good oral hygiene habits early in life is key for lifelong healthy mouths and prevention of chronic illness. Children learn good habits when they have early positive experiences at the dentist and receive regular cleanings and checkups. Families with working parents struggle to get their kids to the dentist regularly. The project includes coordinating with local schools to arrange for groups of children to leave school accompanied by their teachers and a health promoter to walk to the Nueva Vida Clinic a few blocks away. There they will learn dental hygiene, have their teeth cleaned and checked by the dentist, receive fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions. 350 school children in the barrio of Nueva Vida in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua, each will be seen twice during the project period from September 2024 to September 2025. Funds will be used to purchase supplies for dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions and to purchase one portable cavitron machine for dental cleanings. The cavitron machine will continue to be used by the clinic beyond the term of the project. 
 
This project is made possible through the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Charitable foundation, a partnership with the Rotary Club of Ciudad Sandino, and a grant from Rotary District 5240 Foundation.