At Thanh An Primary School, Thanh An
Commune, Minh Long mountainous district, there are 9/10 pupils have dental
problems, especially tooth decay. Shared by Mr. Thanh, Principal of Thanh An
Primary School, local ethnic students are still limited in taking care of their
Understanding the dangers of oral diseases
of disadvantaged students in mountainous areas, recently, Operation Smile
Vietnam in collaboration with the Provincial Children Support Fund has
implemented the “School dentistry program" in Minh Long mountainous
This was the first time nearly 2,000
pupils of primary schools in 5 communes of Minh Long district have had free
In addition to the dental examination and
treatment, the program also aimed to help mountainous students gain more
knowledge, raise awareness and form daily brushing habits, limit school dental
diseases for children.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai Duc, Director of
Operation Smile Vietnam said the goal of the program focused firstly on
educating the children about dental health, then giving them dental care,
secondly, helping the simple treatments for them.
This is also a community program to spread
the awareness of preserving the teeth and preventing dental diseases in
Reportedly, this is the fourth year, the
"School Dental Program" is operated by Operation Smile Vietnam in
collaboration with the Provincial Children Support Fund in Quang Ngai. In
addition to dental examinations, Operation Smile also provided free drug and
oral hygiene instruction, free cream, toothbrushes to children.
The total budget for implementing the
program is nearly 1 billion VND.
Said Mr. Bui Duc Tho - Director of the
provincial Children Support Fund, in the future, the Fund and Sponsor will
deploy dental program throughout the mountainous districts, especially the
children of primary school age from 6 to 11 years old. It is expected to spend
VND 1.5 - VND 2 billion to implement the school dental program every year.
To proactively prevent oral diseases for
children, especially in mountainous areas, beside of improving knowledge and
oral hygiene skills, the program will give
children access to oral health care services as well as effective preventive
measures to prevent oral diseases.
Kiet (sourced QNDT)