Dentaid in Uganda

The dental charity making smiles 

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Dentaid UK are an NGO based in Wiltshire whose mission is to enable people of disadvantaged communities to achieve an optimal level of oral health by accessing appropriate, sustainable, primary oral health care services in their community. This is achieved through fostering and supporting worldwide partnerships to deliver equipment, training and education to oral health professionals, thereby improving the oral health of poor and socially disadvantaged communities. 

Dentaid have provided Ndeija PEAS High School with support by carrying out oral health promotion, education, screening and simple treatments. Joseph Opendi is a Dental Officer from Uganda and he has visited the school on 2 occasions in order to treat and educate the children there. 

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 Many schools in Uganda have more and more fermentable sugar available to students in the form of sweets, cakes, doughnuts and tea in addition to sweetened drinks that contain a lot of sugar. They also chew a lot of sugar cane which is particularly detrimental to their teeth. These students also lack the proper information about brushing. Ndeija High School is in an extremely remote coffee growing community and lacks dental care, therefore these visits from Dentaid UK are truly making a difference. 

During his visits Joseph discovered that not a single student brushed their teeth twice a day, and none had ever visited a dentist. The education and Q&A session generated much excitement within the students, many of which were eager to learn more about dentistry and indeed some expressed a desire to become dentists themselves in the future. 

Our thanks to the team at Dentaid UK for all their hard work in Uganda and other countries. 

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