Today was the second day of visiting the school up in the mountains. We saw approximately 75+ children and diagnosed several with badly decayed teeth. We are fortunate to have been able to put sealants on several children’s 6 year and/or 12 year molars in hope of preventing these permanent teeth from becoming decayed. Our education program and oral hygiene instruction was well received by the children who were all eyes and ears listening to the presentation, then actively participating in the hands-on portion learning the proper way to brush their teeth and the use of disclosing tablets to show the areas they were missing when they brushed.
The clinic stayed busy today with many children from both of the local schools. The doctors placed several fillings and extracted several teeth. The clinic should have another busy day tomorrow with more children from the schools.
At the end of our day we were treated to the site of a rogue bull being lassoed by 2 cowboys and a couple of dogs in the middle of the road. The bull lost!
Today we saw many children at a school up in the hills of one of the villages. We taught the children about proper nutrition and proper oral hygiene. Dr. Grabiel performed visual exams on each child and we placed sealants and/or fluoride varnish. We found many children with badly decayed teeth and have arranged for transportation to the clinic to have their teeth filled or extracted.
Day uno….Hola! We started our first day in the clinic. It started out in a frenzy of activities, getting organized and putting our genoursly donated Henry Schein supplies away. We saw mostly children today, they were hanging around the clinic because it’s Panamanian Independence Day, so they had the day off school. The children were very good patients and also enjoyed the tooth brushing instruction that was given to them. We are looking forward to tomorrow.
Our bags are packed and were ready to go!
Dr’s Grabiel, Sweeney, and Wilkie from Birmingham, Michigan, along with 3 assistants and 1 hygienist have been preparing for this trip for months. Several other “Volunteers in Mission” people are joining us to make this trip a successful one. Many supplies have been graciously donated by Henry Schein making our mission that much easier to accomplish.
We arrived safely in Panama last night with a bus load of suitcases and an anxious group of volunteers. After arriving at the Methodist school and bunking down for the night we spent our first day in Panama City doing some interesting sightseeing; the new locks of the Panama Canal, the new Bio museum and Colonial Panama.
Tomorrow morning, along with our Missionary Rhett, we will load the bus and head to the village of Cienaguita in the Chiriqui Provence, about a six hour bus ride. Monday morning we will begin seeing patients at the clinic and go to the local schools to do an Outreach program of Nutrition education and proper oral hygiene techniques. We hope to place Dental sealants and do Fluoride Varnish applications in hopes of preventing future decay. The Ngobe Indian population whom we will be serving have a high decay rate and we hope the preventive measures and education will serve them well for the future.
Cindy Clark, DA← Older posts