The summer practice team for Perfect Teeth went to Wenquan Town, Wushan County, Tianshui City, Gansu Province for public benefit activities

Date: 2019-09-20 Clicks: ...

July boasts burning sun and cloudless blue sky with boiling earth. Despite the hot weather, the members of Perfect Teeth summer practice team were still on the way.

Although it was just six o'clock a.m., the sky has been bright in Lanzhou. The team members were fully installed and embarked on their journey. Their destination for this volunteer activity was at Wenquan Town, Wushan County, Tianshui City, Gansu Province.

After four hours of bumps, we arrived and began to run promotions for our activity after a short break, which has fortunately won the support of the relevant leaders of the People's Government of Wenquan Town. Therefore, the villagers were called together in their local health center where we popularized the knowledge of the oral health care, taught them the Bass Method, and examined the oral health of local children. In the end, we gave each of the children a carefully prepared package of goods to help them better care for their teeth.

During this activity, we have met a lot of lovely and warm-hearted villagers, and were deeply moved by their simplicity, but at the same time, we were also worried about their poor oral hygiene. Most elderly people there have severe tooth loss and caries even at a relatively young age and to our shock, even the innocent children is suffering the similar condition. We felt a little sad when we checked their mouths. 

I can recall what Wang Xilai, the Township Party Secretary has said to us, "it’s a luxury for children there to have enough food or a quality diet, not to mention a good oral hygiene. In this remote village, it is a blessing for them to grow up smoothly and receive education." It is true that there are still many challenges on China’s way to fight against poverty.

Healthy China 2030 Plan was put forward in the Report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which emphasizes the oral health and general health of Human beings. However, with a relatively low economic condition, there will be a long way for Gansu to achieve such a plan. As to-be dentists, we should contribute our own strength and the summer practice team will continue to take action. We hope that through the popularization of relevant scientific knowledge and publicity of our activities, more people can improve their awareness of oral health care and work hard for a mouth of good teeth. Please look forward to our next action!

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