WHY IT STARTED
When my father was still a 15-year-old coal miner in rural China, his coworkers smoked and made "cigarettes" stuck together by the plaque in their teeth. My 6-year-old cousin living in rural Shanxi once told me she has never brushed her teeth. Another grandmother living in my cousin's village attributed cavities to genetics, telling me that it was incurable.
My life is partly dominated by poverty as many of my relatives still live in the underdeveloped villages of rural China. The bare-faced realities of their lives urged me to do something to change it. Their stories not only marked the way for me to serve my community, but also the beginnings of BEST.
I initially joined nonprofits and clubs to raise awareness on left-behind children and to teach underprivileged children English. However, severe circumstances made it clear that there was a need for an international nonprofit to focuse solely on improving the poor oral hygiene habits and statuses for children around the world. With this belief, I finally visited and conducted oral hygiene workshops in my hometown in May 2017.
"Every tooth in a man's head is more valuable than a diamond." - Miguel de Cervantes