Yue created BEST in 2017 in an effort to promote oral health in rural parts of the world. She launched the program in China because her parents grew up in a rural village there.
“My father once told me when he was a 15-year-old coal miner in rural China, his coworkers smoked with handmade cigarettes stuck together by the thick plaque in their teeth,” Yue said.
Procter & Gamble supports the nonprofit. Yue prepares class materials, recruits volunteers, and does fundraising for oral hygiene, and she has worked with other organizations to produce a dental tablet that can be used to clean teeth without water.
BEST has served more than 7,000 children across 40 schools in the United States, Cambodia and China.