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Seizing the moment of healthier and brighter smiles

Friday, 25 August 2017 18:6 PM | ARTICLE BY | Luisa Cabato
Anita Calapano holds her seven-year-old son Jehno's hand to ease his anxiety while a dentist pulls out his tooth. He and nine-year-old Jenelyn underwent tooth extraction during Tzu Chi Foundation’s dental mission in Navotas City. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】

Story Highlights

  • Tzu Chi Foundation conducted its monthly dental mission at San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish in Dagat Dagatan, Navotas City last August 23. A total of 167 Navoteños benefited from the said mission.
  • The patients, especially children, brave the pain of having their teeth removed for more beautiful and healthier smiles.

Among the things indigents cannot afford is dental treatment. Most do not mind the discomfort on their teeth, which leads to a much bigger problem.

Like many kids his age, seven-year-old Jehno Calapano dreads the eternity in the dental chair. With words of encouragement from his mother Anita, however, he pulls through. The tooth plagued with decay was pulled out without incident. Had it not been for the time and effort of Tzu Chi providing free dental care, the family’s only breadwinner—the father—wouldn’t be able to pay for it.

“It is very helpful because you don’t have to pay and their service is very good,” says Anita Calapano.

Residents wasted no time having their teeth checked by volunteer dentists on August 23 at San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish in Dagat-Dagatan.. A total of 167 residents benefitted from the said event.

Lingap, a non-government organization from the Parish, assisted Tzu Chi volunteers in registration and pre-dental checkup of the patients. Ten Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) dentists paved the way for a brighter and healthier smile for the residents.

“If you would take a look around our community, you’ll see that many people are striving to live due to poverty. This free dental mission and medicine is an opportunity for them to achieve healthy teeth,” says Lingap volunteer Araceli Manalii.

Despite anxiety of needles and injection, children pushed through with the procedure for the sake of healthier teeth.

“Other children do not have to be afraid because it only felt like an ant’s bite. I would like to thank the dentist who did the procedure and also Tzu Chi Foundation. Because of you, my teeth are now looking better and healthier,” shares eight-year-old Faith Princess Umali.

Tzu Chi conducts a dental mission in the parish once a month. The residents feel the love every time and also grateful for the efforts of TIMA dentists and Tzu Chi volunteers. After the procedure, patients received free pain relievers, antibiotics, and snacks.

The dentists and volunteers also feel glad for the chance of giving love to people in need.

“It feels good. We can do no great things, only little things with Great Love. No matter how small are the things we did, we’re giving back to the Lord all the blessings that He has given us,” says TIMA dentist Ma. Madonna Mariquit.

Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2017 18:6 PM

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