Dental Health Department

Mission

To provide and ensure high quality oral health services to all sectors of the population in the Turks and Caicos Islands, by promoting oral health awareness, through cost effective, efficient preventative and curative dental procedures and rehabilitation in collaboration with other health care providers.

Dental History

Dr. Donald Oliver Astwood founded the dental department in 1926, becoming the first Chief Dental Officer and the first local professional Dentist in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Dr. Donald Astwood served until 1971 before handing the department over to his son Dr. Leopold Astwood.

Dr. Leopold Astwood. who became the second local to take up the post of Chief Dental Officer. Dr. Leopold Astwood served from 1971 until 1998 before retiring; he now resides in Grand Turk.

Dr. Donald Oliver Astwood
Dr. Donald Oliver AstwoodChief Dental Officer
1926 - 1971
Dr. Leopold Astwood
Dr. Leopold AstwoodChief Dental Officer
1971 - 1998
Dr. Poornachandra Revanna
Dr. Poornachandra RevannaChief Dental Officer
1998 - 2004
Dr. Leebert Wright
Dr. Leebert WrightChief Dental Officer
2004 - 2005
Dr. Sonia Perez
Dr. Sonia PerezChief Dental Officer (Acting)
2005 - 2007
Dr. Janice Baron
Dr. Janice BaronChief Dental Officer
2007 - 2012
Dr. Jameiko J. Harvey
Dr. Jameiko J. HarveyChief Dental Officer
2012 – Present

Dental Services

  • The Division of Dental Health is responsible for the planning, developing, coordinating and delivering Dental Health Services throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Ensuring that services are accessible to all residents on the islands.
  • Monitoring oral diseases and reducing the incidence and prevalence of Dental Disease.
  • Formulating policies in an ever-changing environment, so as to deliver high quality and comprehensive dental services to all.

Special Programs that are on-stream within the Government Dental Clinics include

  • School Dental Health Program (School children 0-18 yrs)
  • Her Majesty Prison Program
  • Wellness Center Program
  • Ante-Natal & Post-Natal Program
  • Oral Health Promotion Programs (radio & television)
  • SNAP Center Program
  • The Dental Division is guided by the Turks & Caicos Islands Medical Ordinance

Dental Fees

Services Cost NHIP Card Without NHIP Card
Oral Examination $5:00 $5:00 $20:00
Dental Cleaning $5:00 $5:00 $20:00
Preventative Restorative Care $5:00 $5:00 $20:00
Dental Extraction $15:00 $15:00 $40:00
       

Dental Clinics

There are two main Dental clinics on the islands, one in Grand Turk, located in the Cockburn town Medical Center and one at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center in Providenciales. There are four satellite clinics located in South Caicos, North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay. Currently the Dental Clinics on Salt Cays and Middle Caicos are under construction. In general, these clinics serve the population of the Turks and Caicos Islands, with the majority of the population living on the island of Providenciales, additional Basic Dental Services are delivered via a Mobile Dental Unit.

Contact Information / Hours of Operation

Dental Clinics Location Telephone Extension
Providenciales Government Dental Clinic Cheshire Hall Medical Centre 1 (649) 941-2800 70301/70304/70305/70307
Grand Turk Government Dental Clinic Cockburn Town Medical Center 1 (649) 941-2800 60300/60301/60304/60305
North Caicos Dental Clinic Bottle Creek Primary Health Clinic 1 (649) 946-7319  
Middle Caicos Dental Clinic Alcida Hall Health Center 1 (649) 946-6145  
Salt Cay Dental Clinic Salt Cays Primary Health Center 1 (649) 946-6970  
South Caicos Dental Clinic South Caicos Primary Health Clinic 1 (649) 946-3711  
       

All Government Dental Clinics operate between the hours of 8:00 am-4: 30 pm on weekdays and close on weekends and public holidays.

Dental Department Staff 2016

Chief Dental Officer   Dr. Jameiko J. Harvey
Dental Officer   Dr. Susan Delpeche
Dental Nurse   Mr. Michael Reid
Dental Nurse   Ms. Rhonda Laulys
Dental Assistant   Shantel Jennings
Dental Assistant   Nemeken Harvey-Lightbourne
Clerical Officer   Ms. Verionica Clark
Porter/Driver   Mr. Hilton Forbes
     
Grand Turk
Dental Officer   Dr. Janice Baron
Dental Nurse   Mr. Rondy Laulys
Dental Nurse   Ms. Misca Watson- Moore
Dental Assistant   Ms. Raymonda Brown
Clerical Officer   Mr. Lyndon Robinson
     
South Caicos
Dental Nurse   Ms. Kenisha Lewis
     
North Caicos
Dental Nurse   Ms. Valarie Duncan
     

Dental Department Calendar of Events

  • Turks & Caicos Islands Clinical Exploration Program (July-August)
  • Oral Health Month (October annually)