Community health is an important priority for Belizean officials. Â This month, San Pedro TownÂs Holy Cross Anglican School has been holding a dental clinic event, offering people the chance to have a free check-up to ensure their teeth are healthy.
Over the coming two weeks, a number of scheduled dental checks will take place, allowing youngsters on Ambergris Caye to have their teeth checked. Â The group of volunteer dentists and dental assistants includes five visitors from the USA, and three local residents. Â Dr. Paul Roggow and wife, Linda, are heading the event, with Dr. Roggow saying that theyÂd teamed up with expatriates Dr. Mark Johnson, Norma Chin and Bonnie Musbach to offer the free checks. Â The three local residents include teacher Julie Bigaouette, her husband and dental assistant, Rick Bigaouette and hygienist Joan Johnson.
Talking of the operation, Dr. Roggow said: ÂWe are conducting everything that can be done in a normal dental clinic. Â We are doing restorative work such as filling and scaling, cleanings, flossing and even extractions if we really have to. Â Our main goal, however, is to teach the kids how to homecare for their teeth. Â We are showing them how to save and take good care of their teeth.Â Â He explained that the group had been divided into three, with two teams coming to the aid of childrenÂs dental care, whilst the third team was helping with education.
Bonnie Musbach, a dental assistant, explained that the group has been working with a range of dental volunteers throughout Ambergris Caye so that they have access to dental records. Â It means that the work being done can be conducted to a higher standard. Â It also helps provide faster healthcare, with between 25 and 30 children being seen every day. Â This means that over the course of the two-week period, approximately 300 youngsters can have their teeth checked. Â After the check-up, work is done, if needed, before children are sent on their way with a little goodie bag containing a toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste and a small gift.
ItÂs the fifth year that Dr. Roggow and a team have come to Belize. Â Each individual from Minnesota volunteers one week of their two-week stay on Ambergris Caye, before another team from North Carolina arrives and takes over.