The Foundation has is planning a two-year project starting spring 2016.
The children will be brought into a professional dentistry, where an examination will be conducted and the necessary fillings will be made. Every 6 month the following 2 years, a total of three times, the dentists will go to the orphanages and conduct a follow-up examination and instruct the children on dental hygiene and nutrition.
The Day care centres and orphanages involved are:
Lotus Children Center 74 children
Bayasgalant 200 children
City Orphanage 45 children
The Peak 130 children
Caritas 25 children
Total 474 Children
In addition to these numbers, our foundation helped Altan Taria organize and support the treatment of 35 children in Selenge.
These Preliminary examinations of the teeth of these 74 children presented shocking results. Only two children had no cavities. The others had each between 4 and 12 decayed teeth!
During the initial phase, all necessary dental work will be provided for the children of the Lotus Orphanage. As this is concluded, the team will move on to the other three selected orphanages.
Of the total 474 Children are about three hundred over 6 years old, one hundred and twenty under 6 years old.
The type of treatment and the treatment cost will vary from case to case, depending on age and condition of the child. Children less than 6 years have mainly milk teeth and fillings are less costly, as they don’t need to be long-term. It is however hugely important that milk teeth cavities are treated, if not they can cause severe damage to the permanent teeth when they grow out, and create lifelong dental problems.
Children over 6 years old who have had no dental care yet are much more difficult and expensive to treat, since the damage has been going for a long period of time and the permanent teeth will often be in a very bad condition (it is amongst the 8 year old children that we found several severe cases with 12 cavities in one child).
The 3 follow-up examinations and instructions are very important to secure a life-long impact. It will also enable the project to create a very substantial base – and end-line survey – and a final report that can assess the impact and success of the project.
Treating these 474 children will give them a better quality of life and healthier teeth in the long term. Furthermore it will allow them to eat better, as the pain is gone. Their overall health will improve significantly.