UNAIR NEWS – Based on basic health research report (Riskesdas) in 2013, there were 53 percent of Indonesian population aged 12 years and over who have caries problems. The percentage was higher than the report in 2007 which was at 43 percent. The Indonesian Ministry of Health targeted Indonesian population to be caries free in 2030.
To achieve the target, medical resource cannot just stay quiet. The members of Indonesian Pediatric Dentists Association (IKDGAI) of East Java collaborate with the lecturers of Pediatric Dentistry Department, Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) Universitas Airlangga to hold a community service event for thousands of elementary school students.
There are about 2,000 students gathering in Batu City invited to participate in preventing dental caries. As planned, Community Service National Jamboree: Healthy Teeth Indonesian Children Happy Smile, will be held on October 28-29, 2016. The event will be held in the City Hall of Batu, at the same time of the city’s 15th Anniversary.
According to the Head of National Jamboree, Dr. Sindy Cornelia Nelwan, drg., Sp.KGA (K), this event was a prevention performed by pediatric dentists to prevent dental caries. The objective is to promote awareness on preventing caries.
“We want to promote dental caries prevention. We can’t do it if we use only leaflet. We must move directly. If we expect continuity, it should be done by medical resources. We want to hold a great event so the it is known everywhere and then followed up by the government,” said Sindy.
The event will involve dentists across Indonesia. There will be about 200 dentists and pediatric dentists affiliated in IKDGAI and PDGI who will provide medical service to two thousands students from class four to class six.
The event consists of four activities. First, pediatric dentistry counseling. Second, brushing teeth together. Third, dental health check-up. Fourth, fluor topical application.
Fluor topical application to the teeth surface. Sindy explained that the children’s teeth will be coated with liquid substance like polish. “The kids’ teeth will be coated with a substance like polish but it is unified and absorbed by the teeth so it could protect them and prevent the caries,” said the lecturer of Pediatric Dentistry Department of FKG UNAIR.
This national jamboree is submitted to Indonesian Museum of Record (MURI) by the committee. Sindy explained that this caries prevention activities to that many people have never been done before. This event as a part of UNAIR 62nd Dies Natalis is highly possible to break the Indonesian record. (*)
Author: Defrina Sukma S
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh