Donation brings much needed dental care to Ghana

£1000 worth of dental instruments, covered by its standard guarantee, has been donated by Dentsply to aid communities in need of dental care in Ghana.

Preeyan Shah, a 4th year student at Cardiff University, embarked on a visit to the West African country with several colleagues and five qualified dentists, as part of a project organised by Global Brigades to provide dental care there.

Setting up a clinic in a rural areas a few hours from Accra, the group treated 429 patients over five days. More than 500 children came for dental health promotion and were given toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“Dentsply was generous enough to provide us with dental probes, which are crucial to properly examine patients and determine whether or not there is decay, and whether a tooth is restorable or needs to be taken out,” says Preeyan. “The probes have been left in Ghana for future Brigades to use, to carry on making a difference to the lives of many Ghanaians.”

There are just 148 dentists in the whole of Ghana, equating to one per 155,000 patients. Rural areas away from the major cities have virtually no dental care available.

“I am so pleased to hear how successful this project was and how many people Preeyan and her team were able to treat whilst only out there for five days,” says Emma Mistry, Dentsply Hand Instruments Brand Manager.

Dentsply believes that the small things we do when we develop quality dental products can make a big difference to your working day in practice, and also to the exacting standards of care which you in turn provide to your patients.