Free dental consultations at Vineyard Building Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG–Persons in need of advice on their dental care issues can get it at the mobile dental health bus, which will be at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg on Tuesday, February 20, from 2.00 to 4.30pm.

The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) said due to the satisfactory turnout last week when a dentist treated 26 persons, CPS Dental Programme coordinators have decided to hold another consultation. The consultations will be free of cost.

Dentist Hilda Guevara will volunteer her time to carry out the consultations.

CPS said dental caries or cavities can be prevented by avoiding dietary free sugars. Dental caries is largely preventable through simple and cost-effective population-wide and individual interventions, whereas treatment is costly and is often unavailable in low- and middle-income countries.

Severe dental caries can impair quality of life. For example, dental caries may cause difficulties in eating and sleeping and in its advanced stages (abscesses), it may result in pain and chronic systemic infection. Dental caries is also associated with adverse growth patterns. Further, tooth decay is a frequent cause of absence from school or work.

CPS urges persons to use the opportunity on Tuesday to have their teeth checked at the free dental consultation. Additional information can be obtained by calling CPS at tel. 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 or 542-1570.

Source: The Daily Herald