Hi everyone! 👋🏾
I am so sorry for not writing anything here on the blog for a while. It´s sometimes hard to find time (and inspiration) but today I feel really inspired to tell you about the next dental volunteer project this Christmas and why Dentistas Sin Fronteras (NGO, Non profit organization) needs your help.
If you have been reading my blog before, you already know that we were a dental team of 14 people (13 dentists and one dental assistant, responsible for all the sterilization) who worked for two weeks in Mbour, Senegal, last August.
We saw about 150 patients each day from early morning to late night. People were constantly queuing outside our " dental clinic" we had been settled up provisionally in the Town Hall.
During these two weeks we had used all the material and medications we brought with us. And people were still standing outside.... until the last day.... begging us for more help.
Thats when the team decided to go back this Christmas and help more people in Mbour.
Here you can see some of the things we need when we do fillings on our patients in Senegal. A lot of people suffer from pain and caries.
Caries has to be removed and then replaced by a filling.
.Unfortunately a dentist needs a lot of products for any treatment, especially for filling therapy.
Example of material to make a filling:
Rotary burr for excavation
Filling material: Composite / Amalgam.
We need to change gloves between every patient.
This is absolutely one of my many favourite picture from our volunteer work... When one of the dentists took a baby on her back and continued working... AND the baby got to sleep...Thats so hilarious and wonderful!! ❤️ I will never forget that!
Many different instruments has to be available for extractions, depending on which tooth has to be extracted.
AT LEAST ONE injection of anaesthetics is used for each patient. Sometimes up to 3-4 is needed because of the infections.
We separation burrs to separate the roots of difficult molars before extraction.
Gaze pads and Clorhexidine gel is used on each patient after every extraction.
Antibiotics and painkillers are given to most of the patients .
Special sterilization liquids for all the instruments.
The team brought things for the kids and teenagers and I also got donations from friends, family and patients in Spain.
We try to spread as much love and joy as we can between our treatments! 💞 🙌🏽
Rootcanal treatments were done on front teeth instead of extractions.
Paper point, files, desinfection liquids, guttapercha, rootcanalcement are one of many essential things for a rootcanaltreatment.
Fluoride, tooth brushes, toot pastes are given to prevent future dental problems.
I´m going to tell you the truth that before this project in August I was not a great donator myself because I was always suspicious where my money would en up.
But this is different. I was there and I experienced the hard work and know the great effort this team is completing. All the donations goes directly to materials and medications given to the people in need in Senegal.
Every dentist pays for their own trip.
The machineries are not the most modern ones and would need to be replaced eventually...
During our volunteer dental work in Mbour 29th of July - 9th of August 2019...
We helped in total 1263 pacients.
We made 7 rootcanal treatments.
We made 292 dental cleanings.
We made 517 fillings.
We made 1809 extractions.
With all this information it's easy to see why Dentistas Sin Fronteras needs your help right now. The group will leave in six weeks and have to bring material and medications for all the patients they will treat during another two weeks.
I started a donation group on Facebook the other day and until this writing moment we have received 443€. You are very welcome to donate through this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/donate/680613065678234/10158024876951159/ or directly to Dentistas Sin Fronteras http://dentistassinfronteras.com/
Every small donation means a lot for all the people involved. 🌷
Thank you for your time and I wish you a wonderful day! 🌻
In my next blog I´ll tell you about my Safari experience in Senegal. 🐒🐊😍