Izzy Babkowski ~ Today was our second day of clinic. It was another busy one! We have been mostly focusing on cleaning the teeth of the school children and doing less extractions and leaving those for the last bit of the day. Along with cleaning teeth today some of us went down to the kindergarten classrooms to teach them how to brush their teeth and administering fluoride treatments. We have been getting out of clinic quite late so we get back to the rectory just in time for a warm dinner with delicious fried plantains. I’m excited for the rest of the clinic days to see what interesting cases might come about and to see more of the kids get their teeth cleaned!
Erika Simonds ~ Another day in the books! Today we worked on fluoride for the preschool and kindergarten classes. We had mini lessons where we were teaching them how to brush their teeth. These kids are so cute, but they usually have no idea what we are trying to say! We also set up a station where we would paint the fluoride on their teeth. Our interpreters and a few older school boys were a huge help in telling the children what to do. At the end of the day, all three of our dentists were working on extractions, so we were runners for the tools, shots, and medications the dentists needed to speed up the removal process. I was shocked by the number of Haitians who needed teeth removed!
Stephanie Braun ~ Today Lauren and I got to apply fluoride onto the kindergarteners’ teeth, and this was so cute. At the beginning it was a bit chaos from giving out tooth brushes and teaching them how to brush to actually applying the fluoride. We had to pick out which children had bad enough teeth to send to the dentist up in the clinic as well as separate the 60 children who had fluoride and who hadn’t. We finished and headed back up to the clinic, and I helped Dr. Mitchell with suction during cleanings.