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
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
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