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Brighter Smiles for Nosara

By Samantha Pollock

The children of Nosara are in for healthier, brighter smiles thanks to the help of two dentists, Dr. Laura Villarreal, and Dr. Magda Guerrero. The two women set out to educate the children of Nosara through free educational seminars about dental hygiene and oral health.

"There is a definite need for education here," said Dr. Guerrero." A recent study showed that 95% of children in Costa Rica have untreated cavities."

With the coordinating help of the Surfing Nosara Foundation and the donation of 181 oral hygiene kits from Colgate, Villarreal and Guerrero began their six-school tour Friday September 2. The entire student body, 28 students, from the Delicias School, 12 students from the grade one and two classes at Garza's public school received the first seminars.

"They were extremely receptive and eager to learn," said Dr. Villarreal, of the participating children. "I think it is very important to start teaching people at a young age, this is when teeth are the most vulnerable and if they can start forming good habits as children it is positive."

According to Dr. Guerrero, who specializes as a pediatric dentist and visits Nosara once a month from San Jose, the demand on Nosara's single dental clinic is too high. Though basic dental care is covered under Costa Rican health care there is a need for education at home and in the schools to prevent the need for treatment.

The two dentists will continue their educational seminars September 30 at the schools in Esperanza and Santa Marta followed by seminars in Santa Teresita and Serapio Lopez Nosara on November 4.




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