One of CFHI’s newest programs is a Dental Program set in Quito, Ecuador.
CFHI is happy to partner with the Sonrie Ecuador Clinics to provide an outstanding program for pre-dental and dental students who want to understand how oral health is approached in a different culture and a different healthcare system.
The “Sonrie Ecuador Clinics” provide dental care and promote oral health in Quito and its surrounding neighborhoods. The clinics have been operating for over twelve years and continually strive to better the services offered to their patients give attention to the dental health. In general, the main dental problem seen by Ecuadorian dentists is cavities. Ecuadorians are considered to be concerned about their dental health, although adequate oral hygiene is not, in reality, reported amongst the majority of the population.
This program will provide a rich and diverse experience for pre-dentistry and dentistry students, allowing them to view local oral health practitioners providing close to world class care in a developing country while at the same time improving their cultural competency and broadening their public health knowledge. Ecuadorian dental professionals who work in a country are interesting and thought provoking as they give context to the real challenges of providing the best possible dental care to the different socioeconomic classes of Ecuador.