Our Dental Tooth Fairy Program was a great success and the children are now brushing their teeth regularly and eating more fruit and less candy.
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Our Kokchan School Dental Mission took place from 21-29 March as planned.
It was very well organized with our experienced partners One-2-One Cambodia Team of Dentists, Dental Assistants and their support crew under the leadership of Mr Boeurn Ban. The team of 14 people with 7 mobile dental chairs operated in a classroom of this local village elementary school for the very first time. We also had students from two neighboring schools that have been treated in previous Dental Missions, return voluntarily for a follow up.
Outside of the mobile clinic there was a fun and interactive Oral Hygiene Instruction with Mr Good Tooth and Mr Bad Tooth as well as the Dental Dinosaur. The kids were instructed on how to correctly brush their teeth. They were each given a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home and they have one at school as well in special wall cloth holders with their names on the pockets holding toothbrushes.
The total results for the 618 combined patients were 247 extractions, 562 fillings, 7 scalings, 525 sealants, 49 duraphats and 300 silver diamond fluoride treatments. The teachers at the schools were offered a check-up and it was positive for the students to see the adults being treated and for the teachers to personally experience dental work and understand the importance of dental hygiene to enforce our Dental Program at their schools. A total of 84 patients didn’t want to see the dentist.
The 57 preschoolers from both of our preschools were transported to the mobile clinic so we could start a good oral care program while they are still young and can form good habits. They are now on the way to good dental hygiene under the supervision of their preschool teachers.
As you see on average nearly every child had at least one filling and every second child a tooth extraction. In reality the situation is worse, as some children have better teeth or take better care of them with no need for dental work, many other children then have half their teeth affected. To the horror of our dental team there were a few teenagers who came that have only six of their permanent teeth in their mouth.
We are aware that the cheap sugary snacks and sodas that are being sold on the school campus have not helped the situation. So, we are trying very hard to ban all sugar from the campus and will keep monitoring this.
Looking forward to having more regular teeth brushing at school and at home to keep oral hygiene at an excellent level and therefore subsequent Dental Missions with better teeth and healthier smiles.
Hello to our generous Tooth Fairies (all 70 of you)!
We are excited for the upcoming Dental mission in March. We have visited the site where the dental clinic will be set up-the Kokchan Primary school. We were happy to see that the kids were already starting to wash their hands with soap and brush their teeth after free breakfast at our newly constructed Tippy Taps.
Parental Permission Forms are being prepared and will be sent to the students' homes in advance of the dental work. Many parents can't read or write and after the form is explained they affix their thumbprint. A large majority of parents are glad to have their children checked and treated, but there are a few who are too superstitious to allow any permanent teeth extractions. The fear is that with the loss of a wisdom tooth there will be a loss of intelligence or wisdom and with the loss of the eye tooth the loss of good eyesight.
We are in touch with our Cambodian Dental Team that will travel a long 7 hours in a bus bringing all equipment and dental supplies from Phnom Penh.
Our California post grad student volunteers are analyzing last year's mission's dental and growth data to compare with the World Health Organizations statistics and get ready for the new information on this year's Dental forms.
Stay tuned for the news and pictures from the first day of the Dental Mission!
Again, a grateful thank you and a big grin to you!
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