Dental Project Zanzibar
Dentisththeworld is a global non-profit organisation of dental professionals and dental students established with the aim of improving oral health of disadvantaged and poor population all around the world, by giving them the tools and knowledge.
Our mission is sharing our knowledge, our ambition and our passion for dentistry with people all over the world in need of care. We aspire to help in places with lower or no professional assistance and treat patients who never previously received ample dental care. Our major goal is to make people smile again. Some steps we do consist of:
-Prevention of oral diseases (especially in children)
-Training and educating local physicians
-Therapy on site
With only 150 euros a whole school class can be equipped with a year long stock of toothbrushes and toothpastes.
In the whole island of Zanzibar which is on of our target destinations there are around 1,300 000 people and only four dentists. There are three key procedures we base our patient treatment in those low type of environmental and health conditions.
First is prevention of oral diseases, promotion of oral health and prophylaxis with fluorides. Prevention is done in a form of lectures and educational games for children on how to keep proper dental hygiene(proper way of brushing their teeth) where everyone is gifted with their own year long supply of tooth brushes and toothpastes and they keep one in school for further use. Prophylaxis is on the other hand the procedure done in situ with the use of highly concentrated fluoride pastes which is statistically proven way of prevention in further developing diseases such as primary caries.
Second is instant pain relief therapy procured with root canal treatments or tooth extractions. Couple hundred patients in Zanzibar are currently scheduled for an appointment in March with our volunteers and the majority of them is in need of an immediate pain relief done with this type of treatment.
Third and one of the most important task is raising awareness and educating local physicians and doctors of dental medicine. Forming different sorts of workshops and educational seminars in which the knowledge and experience of worldly volunteers would be passed on to local health organization. Donating materials and equipment and informing locals on their usage and advantages in different kind of treatments is also a very big part of this project.
What we are in a dire need for the proper treatment :
Children toothbrushes/ toothbrushes
Children toothpaste/ toothpaste
Filling materials (amalgam capsules, GIZ, composite)
Local anesthetic and cannulas
Abrasive drills (metal and diamond drills)
Medicinal supplement for root canal treatments (CaOH fillings)
disposable materials (face masks, gloves, visors, etc.)
we made our first official crowdfunding video and we hope you will like it. So far we have managed to collect a lot of materials for our voluntary project in Zanzibar and reduce expenses for our volunteers but in order to reach out more patients, supply more schools with tooth brushes and tooth pastes and to get more volunteers we still need your help! Be humble and help us create the unique platform for dental volunteers.
For direction and production of this video, we also want to thank Bojan Stekic who did a great job and even gave up on his fee to help Dentist The World's voice be heard.