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Helping those with dental disease in Egypt...so what?

Coptic Dental Society are raising money to be able to provide dental aid to those in less

fortunate countries. We are currently in the process of buying a mobile dental van in Egypt

which will enable volunteers from all around the world to deliver emergency dental care to

those who need it. But why?


Unlike the UK, not everyone is able to access emergency care when they need it. We are so

fortunate to have instant access to both medical and dental care here in the UK however

this is not the case in many other parts of the world. For people living in rural villages in

upper Egypt there can be difficulty accessing running water and food, let alone dental or

medical treatment. Sometimes large villages or multiple villages will all be served by one

dentist and therefore it makes being seen by a dentist sometimes impossible.

According to a study run by the World Health Organisation; 70% of Egyptian

Children have untreated dental decay and Egyptian children living in rural areas are

at a higher risk of oral diseases than the general population. Difficulty of access of dental care in Upper Egypt will mean that simple dental problems are often ignored and only dealt with when they present with excruciating pain.


This produces a cycle of people experiencing more dangerous and potentially life-

threatening complications such as facial swellings and spreading infection. Our aim is to

work towards stopping this cycle. We believe that everyone has a right to have a good

quality of life which includes being out of pain that may inhibit ability to carry out simple

daily activities.


Treatments that we aim to provide are those which will relieve patients from severe dental

pain. Whilst delivering dental aid, we will be able to notice sinister dental conditions (such

as cancers) that patients may unknowingly have. Subsequently we will be able to access

further help for those patients. This is something that would’ve otherwise progressed

unnoticed.

According to a study carried out in Egypt (Al-Fayoum) in 20–70-year-olds, 65.7% of

individuals do not brush their teeth on a regular basis and 38% have never brushed

their teeth. Many people in these areas are not aware of the preventative effect of having

optimal oral hygiene. Once we are in upper Egypt, we will have a designated prevention

team. This team will educate the locals about the importance of oral hygiene and the dental

and health benefits that come with it. We will also be teaching people how to brush their

teeth and will be providing them with toothbrushes and toothpaste, which will work

towards preventing further dental problems progressing. If we are able to prevent even just

one person from experiencing excruciating dental pain, our mission will be worthwhile.

Overall, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us raise money and raise

awareness so far. This is a cause which is really close to our hearts and we are excited for

where this mission takes us in the future! If you would like to donate please visit our

GoFundMe page, where all donations are appreciated!


"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

1 Peter 4:10


- Mariam

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