Since 1970 Patronato Pro Niños has been working in the countryside communities of San Miguel de Allende to promote good health and oral hygiene by providing necessary medical, dental, and now psychological care to economically disadvantaged children and their families.
Patronato's mission - “Help these Children Thrive” - has already been realized through professional services to the second and third generations of the same family. These families trust Patronato Pro Niños - trust that comes from thousands of children who have been helped through the years.
Patronato Pro Niños directly employs one doctor, a social worker, a psychologist, and four dentists who treat the children. In addition, Patronato pays for medicines and the services of specialty doctors, therapists, laboratory tests, as well as transportation to specialty hospitals in Celaya, Leon, Mexico City, and Irapuato.
Patronato provides medical and dental services at our Children's Health Center in Fraccionamiento Ignacio Ramirez and to the rural communities with our three mobile dental vans.
Additional services include our Vitamin Supplement Project, and our Orthodontia Clinic.
Every weekday morning at 7:00 a.m., Patronato Mobile Dental Vans depart San Miguel de Allende to visit three of the hundreds of villages needing dental services. The next day they will return to the same community until every child receives the care they need. In a typical month our 4 dentists provide a combined average of 700 consultations.
In advance of the treatment, each child is required to first watch a brief video on preventative dental care. This is followed by an interactive educational presentation in which our dentist talks not only about the importance of brushing their teeth, but also the benefit of a more nutritional diet which is not based on sugar and low calorie food (i.e. junk food).
The dentists use props for their presentations. The puppets they use, which have very large teeth, were actually donated by a group of Canadian nursing students. The dentists also have large poster boards that are used to help the children, and the parents, identify which foods are better for their oral health. After the dental treatment is complete each child receives his/her own toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste.