First of all we want to thank all our donors on GG for their unwavering support in the realization of our objectives towards oral healthcare promotion and provision for the masses in Kenya who can’t afford the expensive cost of dental care. We pray that God blesses you as much as you give to help those in need.
In the month of February 2014 we opened up a second dental clinic at Utawala estate, Embakasi, this is to serve the middle income earners of the locality. In March 2014, we acquired another third dental unit for use at Matopeni slums, Kayole in partnership with a local hospital that serves the needy from this slum. Utawala Estate and Matopeni slums each has about 400,000 residents. The population in these areas has limited or no access to oral health care services. Both locations are about 30km apart. The source of financing for these two clinics is by a loan from a savings and credit society acquired against the assets in the first dental clinic at Mihang’o. In the 12 months to come we are hoping to have cleared the loan repayment and then we can plan for the expansion of the dental clinics network.
Mihang’o Dental Clinic is doing quite well, it’s now celebrating its 10th month since inception. We have attended to 156 clients this year. The numbers are not that high owing to the fact that at the beginning of the year most people have limited cash and numerous commitments. All the same most of our clients pay for services with cash and have no insurance covers/dental schemes.
We are extremely grateful for your support to help needy Kenyans improve their health through improved dental care.
Dr. David Mundia
8th Report February 2014
We have done 2 more dental camps since November 2013. We served over 100 attendees, whose issues ranged from impacted teeth to dental caries. As you know, I fund these free community dental clinics, in part from the funds I raise in my reduced cost neighborhood clinics.
I recently acquired a prime location for a new reduced cost neighborhood dental clinic and I intend to have the clinic running by mid next month. Many persons who would not otherwise have access to dental care are served at these clinics. The first clinic I opened in a low income neighborhood, the Mihango Clinic, is doing all fine and we are seeing numbers going up. Currently, we now see about 80 patients every month. In Kenya there has recently been a change in the government healthcare system. We are now under the new county government system unlike previously where we were employees of the national (central) government. The new system has a lot of issues to be dealt with that’s why I have chosen to study Health Care Management and Health Economics. With this knowledge I hope to improve dental and medical services for the poor in Kenya.
Thank you for your continued support of Dentcare Kenya.
Have a blessed day,
7th Report Nov 2013
We are so happy to report the overall success of our new nonprofit, DentCare Kenya. In addition to focusing on teeth, we also provide information to individuals on their overall health. Recently we offered a clinic at the Red Rose school in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum area. Obtaining dental screenings and services is very difficult in this area.
We screened over 200 students on Saturday afternoon, Oct 12, 2013. Parents and students were so eager to receive screenings that they came in to the school on a Saturday. The number was more than expected by the school administrator, Paul.
The school administrator, Paul, said that most of the students at his school were orphans and from single parent homes. He said, “The offering of this dental clinic goes a long way in helping these kids understand the importance of brushing one’s teeth and eating healthy foods.” He welcomed the free dental clinic and hopes that it can be a regular event at the school.
I am gratified that I can be a part of offering free and reduced cost dental services to the people of Kenya who would otherwise go without care due to poor financial abilities.
We are very indebted to you for supporting us in our efforts to improve the oral health care of the needy in Kenya.
You are making a huge difference!
We are so happy to report the overall success of our new nonprofit, DentCare Kenya, and also the individual
success stories of those who we have had the privilege to serve. In addition to focusing on teeth, we also provide information to individuals on their overall health. I would like to share with you the
personal stories of some of the beneficiaries of our free dental services. Please read below the stories of
Raymond, James, Sylvester and Peninah.
Raymond suffered from gum disease which is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that has
been linked to heart disease and strokes. He is also diabetic
so this contributed to the disease as it makes teeth more susceptible as it reduces the body’s
resistance to infections. Further, high glucose levels promote the growth of bacteria. He was
treated and advised to take proper care of his teeth especially owing to his vulnerability from the
diabetes. He was also advised to be keen in maintaining control over his blood sugar.
I had gone to see another dentist and I was advised to have a root canal treatment for my molar
tooth. I did not get much information from the doctor and so when I saw the camp going on at
Kenyatta National Hospital, I decided to attend. I wanted to know what a root canal was. I was
informed that human teeth may have one to four (1-4) root canals, depending on the anatomy of
the tooth. Molars may have 2 to 4 canals. The doctor went ahead to say that these canals contain
the pulp of the tooth also commonly referred to as the nerve, which originates from the pulp
chamber. Any trauma or infection of the nerve will result in the need for root canal therapy. I got
to know of the common reasons for root canal therapy which include:
Tooth decay invading the tooth, penetrating through the enamel and then the dentin into the pulp.
A tooth has become abscessed or infected from decay.
Trauma from a chipped or broken tooth that results in the exposure of the nerve.
A tooth that is slowly dying, due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for
treatment at the time of injury.
I was informed that root canal therapy can be performed in a single or multiple visits. The
doctors started me on antibiotics as I had an infection. I was advised to complete the dosage
before the root canal treatment could be commenced. I hope to go back to the dentist’s again to
have the treatment completed.
I have been having oral ulcers every month. They come and after about two weeks they heal.
It is really frustrating and that’s why I decided to come to the dentist when I heard of the free
dental camp. The dentist told me that my condition is known as recurrent oral ulcers. The ulcers
are small, round or oval shaped and they have a pale yellow color to them and the surrounding
area will be swollen and red. They are associated with a lot of pain and even eating becomes a
gruesome activity. I was advised to use some oral ointment that will relieve the pain and promote
faster healing. At the same time I was asked to have my blood checked for any conditions that
could be associated the oral ulcers. I just hope that I will find relief and I will have this problem
My little girl, Teresa Achieng, 11years old, has her teeth growing badly. The milk teeth would
not loosen enough to be removed and the next set of permanent teeth were already showing. I
was told by a friend about Dentcare Kenya and I attended their free medical camp. My daughter
was assessed and treated. Two of her lower ‘milk’ teeth were extracted. The dentists said that
her teeth had really long roots and that is why she had that problem. Thank you Dentcare for that
help. I look forward to attending more of your medical camps.
We are very grateful to you for supporting us in our efforts to improve the oral health care of the needy in Kenya.
We at DentCare Kenya have been holding regular dental camps to provide dental services to needy people in and around Nairobi. I would like to share with you the personal stories of some of the beneficiaries of our free dental services. Please see below the personal accounts from Beth Liyai, Rose Okoth and Timothy Mutisya.
I fought with a neighbor many years ago and broke a tooth. Recently, I noticed a change in color in my broken tooth and the tooth next to it. I saw the Dentcare Kenya banners at the hospital gate and that’s why I went in for checkup and treatment. The dentists were welcoming and they answered all my questions about teeth. They told me that I had suffered trauma to my teeth and that I should have gone and had my broken tooth fixed regardless of it being painless. They advised root canal treatment for my two front teeth and they also did non-vital bleaching to remove the grey color from my teeth, the broken tooth would also be fixed with a tooth-colored filling. A big thank you to the organizers of the free event.
Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception. Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified. Rose Akoth, an expectant mother, discovered this at the Dentcare Kenya free medical checkup. She suffered from pregnancy gingivitis and her gums were bleeding, swollen and tender. She was unaware that this posed a threat to her unborn baby as it could lead to premature birth and low birth weight. She was given tips on how to prevent this such as regular checkups, cleaning and good oral hygiene. She was also given free mouthwash to use when rinsing her teeth at home. She was also advised to eat a proper diet, that was low on cariogenic foodstuffs.
I was brought up in Nakuru and my teeth have always been chocolaty (discolored) from the excessive amounts of flouride int he water. I did not like them that way. I got teased in primary school and high school on account of my teeth and it affected my self esteem. I found it difficult to smile or laugh without covering my mouth.
I had heard of dentists being able to change the color of teeth, but I was afraid of the pain or sensitivity. A friend of mine informed me about Dentcare Kenya and that they had a free medical checkup and treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital. I attended the Dental camp and sought treatment. I learnt that there are many ways of treating my problem. I was told I could mask the defect with a procedure termed as masking, I could do bleaching, use veneers or dental crowns. I was treated and I can now afford a smile. I am still continuing treatment. A million thanks for the information from the Dentcare group of dentists.
Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to improve the oral health care of the needy in Kenya. You are making a difference in so many lives!
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