Post by: Dr. Fernando N.
Mid November, the Voluntary Health Association of Goa, invited us to organise another 2 day dental camp, this time all the way down to Vasco.
At 9:00am, we reached Our Lady of Candelaria School, which is located in Baina, approximately 2kms from Baina beach.
We screened a little over 600 students. Most of the students are basically from the locality and were unaware of the importance of their own teeth . Our team patiently examined and explained to each student the importance of oral hygiene and what kind of dental treatment they need to undergo. The interaction was very beneficial…… we realised they were misled about myths on extractions and restorations of decayed teeth. We also realised that 98% of them had never been to a dental clinic before.
The funniest moment was when a 10 year old student was asked to see a dentist to get a badly decayed tooth extracted, and he innocently replied “nikalne ka nahin, brain fuse ho jata hai”. An audio visual presentation was very helpful in motivating the children towards their oral health.