English dental students Manpreet Kaur and Stephanie Docherty visited the Munduk area last week to hand out oral hygiene supplies and give advice on maintaining healthy teeth. In an environment where the cheapest and easiest food also happens to be the least healthy, this can be very difficult. Around 60 children came to the Ringdikit kindergarten to see them.
Manpreet and Stephanie were excited to help the children make more informed choices about the kinds of foods that they eat. They advised them to avoid candy, of course, but also gave them ways to minimize the damage sugar can have on their teeth. If the children are going to have candy, for example, they told them that they should eat it with a meal and never directly before going to bed. They also told them that if they are going to have soda to drink it through a straw, which minimizes tooth exposure to sugar.
Of course, they also reminded the children that they should be brushing their teeth twice a day, the second time an hour after eating and before sleeping.
The children were excited to meet them, and many parents also came to ask questions and thank Stephanie and Manpreet for their help. Iluh was kept busy telling children and their parents what their specific dental needs were based on Manpreet and Stephanie’s examinations. For children who do not have access to medical care, their help was so important! They also visited the village of Kayu Putih, where another 20 children gathered for toothpaste and hygiene instruction.
We are so thankful to Manpreet and Stephanie for their help! With just a few hours, they have touched many young lives with their medical expertise.