Dentistry For Every Village Foundation, Inc.
To Improve Access to Dental Care for the Under Privileged – One Village at a Time
The need for proper dental care services has always been placed on the back burner, so to speak in countries where economics and access to care is a perennial challenge. When these “access to care” issues occur in poor and economically disadvantaged municipalities, the task of managing the problems becomes more sizable. Further, if the local government is more focused on other issues, delivering the services exponentially jumps to a higher scale. Therefore, dental care except in dire emergencies is put on hold, sometimes for years not only due to economics but also because of a lack of facilities to provide appropriate care.
This is typical in most far out villages in the Philippines. By the time the pain becomes intolerable, and a person is forced to see a dentist, they have to travel to larger cities for appropriate care. Most often than not at that point, extraction of the offending tooth is the only option. In order to alleviate such issues, facilities must be provided to give the underprivileged a venue where they can get proper care at a very low cost or in certain instances, for free.
This is what the Foundation aims to do.
Our Passion is our Determination
The Dentistry for Every Village Foundation, Inc., raises funds by seeking grants and donations to build dental clinics. These clinics are donated to health care institutions that have the resources to house the facility, experiences and expertise to run them efficiently, and whose management is supportive of the cause.
We realize that these dental clinics will not entirely solve the total dilemma, but it’s a great beginning!
Dental diseases are 100% preventable. If there is a facility that can cater to these indigent patients, the problem will be reduced. Saving even a single tooth is very significant. To the children, it may mean a day in school rather than being absent due to pain. To adults, it could be another productive day at the work. For some it may even affect dignity because they do not have to face others with a toothless smile.
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