The dZi/Himalayan Dental Relief Project dental program strategy has schools return every 18 months for continuing care and education. This fall, for the first time in Ladakh, we saw school groups returning for their third visit. This third visit is important, as it is the best indicator of the dental program’s success or failure in both treatment and education of oral hygiene.
One school in particular stood out with outstanding growth in their oral hygiene. The Bal Saharam from the Leh valley was first seen in spring of 2004. During those initial visits the 35 students had 99 filings done, with only 4 sets of perfect teeth. This fall the same students had only 28 fillings with 16 sets of perfect teeth. The positive improvement by this school reflects improved oral hygiene due to clinic visits and continuing oral hygiene instruction between dental clinics. Tom Grams, Dental Director for dZi Foundation partner, Himalayan Dental Relief Program, said the Bal Saharam School has by far the best oral hygiene of any school group we have seen in Ladakh.
Our dental and vision clinics are accomplished with tremendous volunteer support. This fall the Himalayan Dental Relief Program provided five dentists supported by seventeen dZi Foundation volunteers. I invite you to be part of this rewarding experience. Volunteer opportunities are found on the dZi Foundation website.
The fall dental clinics provided basic dental services to over 800 school students from 11 different schools. Creating these healthy smiles and improved oral hygiene is accomplished through your support to the dZi Foundation.
Thank you from the children of Ladakh, Garry
Here is a video of the fall dental clinic by dZi volunteer, Kimberly Mullin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4o9sgpZ1rU.