A message by the Previous President of the Paedodontic Society of South Africa – Dr. Janet Lynn Gritzman B.A. B.D.S. (Wits)
The Paedodontic Society of S.A. consists of dentists who have a special interest, love for, and expertise in treating and caring for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs.
Children are not just small adults. The primary teeth are anatomically and physiologically different from adult teeth. Children are emotionally and intellectually different to adults. Young children, pre-teens and teenagers have different psychological needs and expectations therefore they need to be treated in a different manner.
The early experiences that a child has in the dental chair will profoundly influence his future attitude towards his oral health in general and dental treatment in particular. The Paediatric dentist is aware of all these issues.
They are trained to:
- Promote feelings of trust and confidence in the child patient.
- Help the child patient to feel good about visiting the dentist.
- Teach the child patient to care for his/her teeth.
- Detect and treat dental caries.
- Guide dental growth and development.
- Avoid future dental problems.
Because of their special interest and commitment they are able to provide the most up to date treatment options.
Parents are wise to choose a dentist who has an interest in paedodontics to treat their children.
To be instrumental in curing oral disease in the underprivileged children of our country.
We as Dentists, who have a special love and interest in children, and who (most us) have lived, been educated and practiced in South Africa, strongly feel the need to give something back and help the less privileged with the skills we have.
To give our time and expertise and to involve other role players who have the finance and infrastructure to support our project
The launch of our Outreach Program was on the 26th November 2010 at the PI Branemark Institute in Rivonia, Sandton. This is a training facility and research centre of excellence that houses state of the art equipment. The children undergo screening and receive polishing, fluoride treatments, restorations and extractions as needed. Healthy, delicious snacks and water are provided for them. We also encourage the children to look after their teeth, eat healthy food, drink water and be hygienic, eg wash hand regularly.
Chantell and her team from Wright Millners have been with us right from the beginning. Not only have they sponsored all the materials – they have been incredibly helpful in assisting us, and play an unmissable role in this project.
Since 2010, we have seen over 800 children! The continuous educational input in the specific school that we help, has reported that the children have become more conscious of dental health. We have also seen, over the years, that these children have less and less cavities and tooth problems!
We have also helped children from the Golang School in Zandspruit, Banakekeleni Orphanage, children from the Smile Foundation, etc.
We invite you to join us in this great project! Come and give some of your time and expertise to these underprivileged children – it is so heart-warming to see their smiles and to know we make a difference in their lives!
Dr Marietjie Weakley
+27 79 755 3810
+27 11 475 0572/3
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