Dr. Mirlina E. Bryant graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2004 and has been practicing dentistry in underserved communities ever since. Prior to graduation, she received the Massachusetts Health Access Student Award and committed to work for 2 years for the Cambridge Health Alliance P.O. and its dental community clinic sites in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett, Massachusetts. She then joined FORBA and provided comprehensive and preventative dentistry in the low-income communities of Springfield, Brockton and Mattapan in Massachusetts and in one of their centers in Washington DC. She is currently working for the Oral Health Impact Project (A mobile dental school program) providing much needed comprehensive and preventative dentistry to the children in Washington DC and Baltimore City Public and Catholic Schools.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, although dental caries (tooth decay) is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17; and it's four times more common than Asthma (42% versus 9.5%). Twenty eight percent of children ages 2-5 have already had decay in their primary (baby) teeth and 50% of children have experienced tooth decay by age 11. Low income children are twice as likely to experience decay than children of higher income families. 52 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease. Help us stop this preventable disease!
No child should EVER experience dental cavities.
After 10 years of practicing dentistry in underserved areas,
and meeting parents and guardians of babies and infants with rampant decay, I knew that it was time for me to start a non profit organization that focuses on educating parents at the earliest stages of their child's life to prevent this preventable disease. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is one of the MOST common Chronic Childhood Diseases. It affects nearly half of US 5 year-olds, despite being highly preventable.