Â£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.
â€œDentsply 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,â€ says Preeyan. â€œThe probes have been left in Ghana for future Brigades to use, to carry on making a difference to the lives of many Ghanaians.â€
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.
â€œI 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,â€ 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.