Helping Children in the Foster Home – QUARTERLY REPORT MARCH THROUGH MAY 2011– DENTAL CLINIC
As I have mentioned on other occasions, in the dental practice there is little change in the specifics of what is done. Each day common needs are met such as extractions, cleanings, and some dental fillings. Frequently, people will live with much pain before coming due to carelessness, lack of education, poor nutrition, poor hygiene and contaminated water. People do not pay attention to their oral health needs, causing excessive pain and serious infections in their mouths.
At present the most interesting service I am involved in is with the foster home in Camichines. New children have arrived with urgent needs in regard to dental care.
One boy who is 8 years of age had to have various extractions performed because his teeth were in very advanced tooth decay and suffering from constant pain.
Another boy of 5 years had all of his molars filled with infections. He has been a surprisingly cooperative patient amidst the pain he is in. His current condition is going to require steel crowns in almost all of his temporary molars. Unfortunately, at this time, for economic reasons, we are not able to place the crowns. (If you want to support this project, please contact us or donate directly through our website through the “Donate” button on the home page.) To place these crowns is absolutely necessary for him to eat properly while waiting for the release of his permanent molars which will happen between 6 and 8 years old.
One of the new girls at the home requires sealant to be applied to all of her teeth to prevent cavities from spreading.
In the past, the dental clinic has been able to provide toothpaste to children in the school, but, due to the economic crisis, we have not been able to do that this year. (Also, if you are interested in supporting this need, please contact us.)
Finally, I have a project to work together with a local church doing a mission trip to another state nearby. Gethsemane Church of Guadalajara will be serving in a community of Michoacán early next month and I will be going with them to provide much needed dental care.
Submitted by: Dr. Magda Barreto.
Posted by Jonathan Cummings on 16th June, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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