During the month of February (Children’s Dental Health Month), Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen supported the dental team from KIDS (Kids International Dental Services). The dentists were able to do over 500 checkups for underprivileged local children here in Kathmandu. They gave free consultations, oral hygiene education, and distributed toothbrushes to everyone. Purobi Philips and her six esteemed dentists spent two days at Government Schools (Shree Mitra Aadharbhut Vidhalaya and Shree Sharadha Madhiyamik Vidhalaya) and at the Sinamangal slum area with 250 children offering check-ups to everyone. It was a wonderful day to give back!
We went from slum to slum along the rivers and under bridges of Kathmandu. We taught children how to brush their teeth. We also provided a list of foods and drink to avoid for maintaining good healthy teeth. The team talked about how junk food affects dental health and how nutritious meals can reduce many of the dental problems in Nepal. ‘”Dal Bhat Power, 24 hour” – Dal is lentil soup and Bhat is Rice. This is their daily diet’, says Purobi Philips.
KIDS is working hard to raise funds for ‘providing real smiles’. If you want a chance to help support this organization, let us know!
We give a warm thank you to KIDS for their enormous contribution in providing dental care to underprivileged children here in Nepal and all around the world.
Did you know?
- More than 90% of Nepali children in rural areas never visited a dentist or a health care service;
- Only about 60% of children report to have received oral health education;
- More than 80% of children aren’t knowledgeable about fluoride and its impact on dentition;
- Only 56% of school children brush their teeth daily
- Less than 25% of Nepali children in rural areas brush their teeth twice a day
- In general, Nepali children are a low sugar diet; they mostly eat sugar while drinking tea.
Dixit, L. P., Shakya, A. and al. (2013) “Dental caries prevalence, oral health knowledge and practice among indigenous Chepang school children of Nepal”, BMC Oral Health. 13 (20).
Consulted online https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3655880/ on April 2, 2018.
Shakya, A. (2014). “Oral Health related Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice among School Children of Jyamrung, Nepal”, Journal of Chitwan Medical College, 4 (9): 1-4. Consulted online at: https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JCMC/article/viewFile/11930/9681 on April 2, 2018.