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Bantay Ngipin 2017

Dental amalgam fillings, erroneously known as "silver fillings"€, is composed of 50 percent mercury and has been the dominant dental restorative material for the past century. Due to its low-cost and durability, it has been the dental restorative material of choice in low and middle class countries such as the Philippines. However, mercury is a neurotoxin and exposure can produce harmful effects such as neurological and behavioral disorders, lung and kidney problems, and even death. Children and women of child-bearing age are particularly vulnerable to mercury poisoning.

The International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in the Philippines is aiming to reduce dental mercury use in the country via addressing caries prevalence through basic dental health education and care. IAOMT believes that the best cure to dental health problems is prevention and it is vital to teach children and other sectors the importance of observing nutrition and proper dental care.

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altOur "Bantay Ngipin"€ program, dismisses the idea that dental health care is a luxury. Since its inception in 2009, IAOMT-Philippines has been actively promoting and providing dental health care and services to communities. In 2014, IAOMT-Philippines launched a partnership with Gota de Leche, a non-profit organization working to fill the nutritional needs of children.

IAOMT is looking to supplement this important public service by reaching out to other communities. And as such, we joined forces with the Behavioral Sciences Department of the University in the Philippines in Manila to help bring our campaign outside the National Capital Region.

BANTAY NGIPIN IN BOTOLAN, ZAMBALES

With the assistance of Prof. Tess de Guzman and her team, we were able to extend our "Bantay Ngipin" project to Barangay Palis,an Aeta resettlement area in Botolan, Zambales.

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On our first visit, we conducted distributed tooth brushes and taught children proper tooth brushing. Later, our volunteer dentists - Dr. Avelina Jahns and Dr, Estrelita Pensotes - together with Dr, Lillian Ebuen, provided basic dental services to the children in the community.

We wish to continue our "Bantay Ngipin"€ program and eventually reach out to other communities in dire need of dental services. We believe that through sustained education, services, and monitoring; IAOMT-Philippines will help in reducing dental caries prevalence and the use of dental amalgam fillings.

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