our humble efforts

Many kids throughout the world had no means to care for their oral health. The dental clinic was too far away. They didn’t have toothpaste and they didn’t have a toothbrush. What they did have was an increasingly sugary diet. The result was often pain, tooth loss, missing school, disability, and impaired psychological and physical development.

Humble Smile Foundation, a group of dedicated dental professionals and academics, developed models whereby volunteer teams worked together with local school staff to promote specific behaviour-based preventive oral health initiatives that included dietary interventions, monitored toothbrushing, and clinical procedures.

Other activities included advocacy, education, research, hand-washing, and urgent oral care. The school was transformed into an oral health-promoting school. The dental student volunteers also underwent a learning and personal transformation.

the vision

Our Humble vision is to help prevent suffering caused by oral disease. We do this by promoting effective oral health initiatives anywhere in the world where unmet needs are great.

We are committed to the core values outlined by the Coalition for Responsible Short-term Global Health Experiences:
• Host country and community empowerment to define needs and activity
• Humility, cultural sensitivity, mutuality and respect for all involved
• Mutual partnerships with two directional learning
• Compliance with applicable laws, ethical standards, and codes of conduct
• Sustainable programs and capacity building
• Accountability for actions

our projects