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!