Cambodia has undergone many changes since the Vietnam War extended into it and the end of the Khmer Rouge. Dental care was so reduced because of the Khmer Rouge that it has taken many years to rebuild training centres and facilities, which are in short supply.
With the help of the two dental universities in Phnom Penh the level of treatment, both preventative and curative, has increased for the majority of Phnom Penh’s citizens. However, millions of children are without medical and dental health care because they have been orphaned due to poverty.
SEAL CAMBODIA is an exciting project to save children's teeth in and around Phnom Penh. The initiative is a partnership between ten organisations, who, to date, have treated over 66,000 children with dental sealants, otherwise known as fissure protection.
We have also entered formal agreements with the Ministry of Health, the International University and the University of Puthisastra to work together in a unique national initiative focussed on Special Care Dentistry.
This programme won a prestigious FDI award for Sustainability.
Partner organisations we have worked with:
- The Cambodian Ministry of Health
- Faculty of Odonto-Stomatology, University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh
- Faculty of Dentistry, International University, Phnom Penh
- The Cambodian Dental Association
- Cambodia World Family (CWF)
- One-2-One Cambodia
- Colgate Palmolive
- Global Child Dental Fund
Sealing teeth provides greater protection against dental caries and oral pain, and in the long run the sealant actually helps to strengthen teeth. Studies show a 2/3 reduction in decay in children who have had their teeth sealed.
However, sealing teeth in this way is not only expensive, but it also requires significant planning, supplies and logistics. We are assisted by many volunteers, to whom we are incredibly grateful, but we also need to raise more funds.
Please consider making a donation to support our vital work in Cambodia.