Philani Oral Health Project
The Foundation operated the Philani Oral Health Project during 2008 – 2014. This project involved education activities in basic oral health as well as the running of a dental clinic in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town.
Education in Oral Health
A senior oral hygienist educated and trained children in basic oral health at various crèches and day-care centers in Khayelitsha besides working at the dental clinic. By participating at meetings with parents, the oral hygienist got the opportunity to also provide parents with oral health information.
The Dental Clinic
The dental clinic had two fully equipped treatment rooms. Some local dentists worked part-time to provide acute and reparative treatments on a regular basis.
Based on an agreement the Foundation had met with the Management of Dentistry within the Region Västra Götaland (VGR) in Sweden, Swedish dentists, employed by the Region, worked at the Philani dental clinic for certain periods as an element in their competence development. Thus, two VGR dentists have worked at this clinic for four weeks each year between 2008 and 2014.
The Foundation´s Chair person, Dr. Kerstin Lundgren, has worked on a volunteering basis at the clinic and so has also other volunteering Swedish dentists.
Cooperation with the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of the Western Cape (UWC)
UWC and the Institute of Odontology, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Göteborg, Sweden, have entered into an agreement regarding dental student exchange. This agreement implies that Swedish dental and oral hygienist students, as part of their graduate works, can examine and register the oral status of children, involving e.g. number of teeth, number of teeth with cavities and periodontal status at all of the Foundation´s dental clinics.The first such study was conducted by two dental students during June/July 2007 at the Philani clinic involving some 200 children and its result is summarised here. In total 21 dental students have performed their graduate works at the Philani clinic.
The results of these studies and further studies will be compared with each other which, hopefully, eventually will prove a general improvement of the oral status among children compared to 2007.
Also 12 oral hygienist students have made their clinical practices during a couple of weeks each year since 2008 at the Philani clinic..
Further student exchange between the Faculty of Dentistry at UWC and the Institute of Odontology, University of Göteborg is underway. The Foundation has noted a great interest among Swedish dental students to conduct their exam works at the Foundation´s dental clinics. Also more Swedish oral hygienist students have shown interest in making their clinical practice at the clinics.
Results for both clinics
The treatment results for the clinics are presented below following a joint examination by dental- and oral hygieniststudents at both clinics.
The following results were achieved during 2013:
– 112 crèches were visited and 4522 children were screened and educated in basic oral health,
– at the clinics 2897 children were examined, educated and received preventative treatments (scaling, polish and fluoride treatments),
– 1076 teeth have been fissure sealed,
– 689 teeth have been filled and 674 teeth were extracted.