The project includes field testing of fluoride levels in local drinking water supplies, as high concentrations can cause dental fluorosis in children – resulting in permanent tooth damage, pain and discomfort. Palintest Ltd has donated the equipment and reagents that will enable volunteers to perform the necessary tests simply, accurately and reliably.
The AMCHI 2012 project will provide initial primary dental care for villagers, as well as education regarding methods to limit exposure to high fluoride concentrations. The field testing equipment will be crucial to the education process and on-going prevention of the condition.
The AMCHI Dental Outreach Project 2012 is entirely funded by donation and donors.