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Pulpdent Provides Products For Peru Health Initiative

Posted by dentalinsider on May 30, 2007

WATERTOWN, MA:May 29, 2007— Pulpdent Corporation has donated Embrace® Sealant, Embrace Etch-Rite, Flecta® Disposable Mirrors, and patient brochures in Spanish to the Andean (Peru) Dental Health Initiative. The program provides oral health care for the children of Huánuco, Peru, many of whom are Quechua Indians.
Many of Peru’s indigenous children suffer from untreated dental disease and limited knowledge of good dental hygiene habits. The absence of affordable help and knowledge contributes to the suffering of these marginalized and underserved people. The Andean Dental Health Initiative outreach effort used the Pulpdent products to improve oral health among the local people.

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Preventative dental education and water fluoridation is nonexistent in Huánuco, Peru. Because of a fear of dentists and the cost of dental care, treatment is sought primarily for emergency extractions. These extractions are usually done without the use of anesthesia, which compounds the fear of the dentist. Rampant carries are visibly evident in these children, contributing to malnutrition, constant dental infection and loss of education due to school absenteeism.

“Our first goal is to educate about good dental health,” says Heidi Philley RDH, Program Coordinator for the Dental Health Initiative. “We instruct the children on the importance of brushing their teeth, good nutrition and work to change the view of the dentist’s role in their health care. This is done with the use of puppets, flannel graphs and actively teaching them how to brush their teeth. We have trained 12 Peruvian volunteers, three dentists, and 2 medical staff to give educational talks and apply the fluoride varnish.”

Pulpdent manufactures high-quality products for the dental profession, including adhesives, composites, sealants, cements, etching gels, calcium hydroxide products, endodontic specialties, and bonding accessories.For more information, call 800-343-4342 or visit www.pulpdent.com.

Source – Sakaduski Marketing

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One Response to “Pulpdent Provides Products For Peru Health Initiative”

  1. Joe Donohue said

    It’s exciting to have Pulpdent take such an active role in supporting public health efforts.

    If you know of any public health providers in need of dental sealants, please let them know that Oral Health America’s National Sealant Alliance distributes donated sealant material on behalf of Pulpdent and several other manufaturers.

    To obtain a sealant donation, complete the following application http://www.oralhealthamerica.org/pdf/sealantapplication.pdf

    If anyone is interested in learning more about our program, please let me know.

    Joe Donohue
    Oral Health America
    joe@oralhealthamerica.org
    312.836.9900

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