LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – About 1,055 residents from three barangays of Baguio City and Benguet were given brand new smile with a free dental check-up and other dental services as they celebrate Hearts Month last week.
More than 1,000 residents of Baguio City and Benguet benefited from free dental services on Valentine’s Day.
In celebration of the National Oral Health Month this February, the Philippine Dental Association reached out to people through a series of dental missions in barangays of Pacdal in Baguio City; Gambang in Bakun, and Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet.
“This free dental mission aims to help our kabarangays,” said Project coordinator Bambi Feliciano. Served on February 6 were 300 residents of Pacdal, 375 residents of Gambang on February 7, and 380 residents of barangay Balili on Valentine’s Day sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company with the Benguet Dental Chapter.
Dr. Marina Balicag, Benguet Dental Chapter president, said that at least 10 volunteer dentists conducted the free dental check-up and other services.
The residents were also given free product samples such as toothpastes and toothbrush for children and adult. There was also free brushing drill to teach the pubic the proper way to brush their teeth.
According to Balicag, dental caries or tooth decay were the main problems that they encountered during the dental missions. “As early as 4-5 years old, they already have dental caries; even if the permanent teeth did not erupt yet their teeth are already destroyed,” she said.
She reminded that parents have a big role in keeping their children’s teeth and mouth clean and healthy. She advised that children should brush their teeth twice a day and should visit the dentist every after six months, lessens junk foods as snacks and should drink water after eating sweets.
Balili barangay captain Ramon Tomin expressed his gratitude to the sponsors and the volunteer dentists. “This is a big help to the residents especially to the parents who cannot afford to bring their children to dental clinics”./JDP/RMC and Abegail Clemente-PIA/UC Intern