The Ethiopian Teen Dental Care Program – Goals and Objectives
The Ethiopian Teen Dental Care Program was established at HCS in 2005 to provide primary dental care to youngsters between the ages of 12 and 21. In addition to a comprehensive examination, x-rays, and a thorough cleaning, the patients receive fillings, root canal procedures, ceramic crowns, and pre-orthodontia when necessary.
HCS seeks to meet a real and underestimated need in Israel. Cavities and tooth decay are prevalent problems, especially among disadvantaged families who simply find the cost of private dental care an unaffordable luxury. According to the Mayo Clinic, loss of self-esteem can result from broken teeth, tooth loss, closure alignment, or other visible problems while cavities and tooth decay (even in a child’s baby teeth) can lead to chewing problems, pain that interferes with the ability to concentrate in school, and serious infections.
Moreover, a 2008 study conducted by dentists affiliated with the Hebrew University - Hadassah School of Dental Medicine showed that new Ethiopian immigrants had suffered from a decline of their oral health status since their arrival in Israel. The results suggest an immediate need for dental intervention among this population.