During the two-week trip, volunteers from the overseas outreach programme held numerous clinics in smaller communities and the city of Jinja. For most, this was the only chance they would get to see a dentist; and a valuable chance to learn about oral education. The easy availability of fizzy drinks has led to widespread dental decay, and many are unaware of the damage soda can cause to teeth.
Whilst in Uganda, the team treated 378 patients with Enamelast fluoride varnish; an excellent preventative adjunct to the essential dental care provided. Over just 12 days, 1301 patients were treated and are now pain free. The Dentaid team worked tirelessly to ensure every child was seen, receiving letters of thanks and praise for their work and the service Dentaid has provided.
Making a Difference with Enamelast
As many Ugandans can’t afford basic dental care, Enamelast will prove invaluable in the fight against further dental decay. Speaking of the donation Jacqueline James, Dentaid's overseas project manager noted:
“We are extremely grateful to both Optident and Ultradent for this valuable donation of fluoride varnish which means our volunteers and partner dentists will be able to protect thousands of teeth. Dentaid works in many of the poorest and most remote parts of the world where access to dental care is extremely limited. Therefore, protecting children’s teeth and educating them about oral health is very important.”
Jacqueline James, Dentaid’s Overseas Projects Manager
Marketing Manager for Optident, Rebecca Haworth-Johnson added: ‘We are proud to donate 1200 units of the popular Enamelast fluoride varnish. This will go a small way to help Dentaid’s mission providing much needed dental care for vunerable communities globally. As both Optident and Ultradent pride themselves on enabling dentists to provide the best level of dental care for patients, our contact with Dentaid is a humble reminder that many people do not have access to the most basic dental care. It is a privilege to contribute to an organisation that strives to help those most in need, and we are impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication Dentaid bring to their wide-ranging initiatives’.
Dentaid was founded in 1996 and works to improve oral health around the world. The charity sends volunteer dental professionals and reconditioned equipment to support the work of dentists in poor and remote communities. Dentaid also runs education, training and toothbrushing programmes.
About Enamelast Fluoride Varnish
Enamelast is a pleasant flavoured, xylitol-sweetened, 5% sodium fluoride in a resin carrier. Its unique formula is made with a patented adhesion-promoting agent for enhanced retention, providing superior fluoride release and uptake.