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Ruth Potterton and Dr Robert Witton from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry are to join a small team of professionals volunteering for Dentaid in the Philippines. (Photograph: Plymouth University)
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Plymouth dental experts support Philippine mission

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PLYMOUTH, UK/MANDAUE CITY, Philippines: Supporting UK charity Dentaid, two dental experts from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry will be bringing oral health care to one of the poorest cities in the Philippines. In addition to providing emergency and preventative dental services during their two-week mission, Dr Robert Witton and Ruth Potterton will be providing oral health education for the children and their teachers and set up a school toothbrushing programme.

The operation and project activities will be based around Umapad Elementary School in Mandaue City on the island of Cebu. This publicly funded school with approximately 1,100 pupils provides education to a group known locally as “scavenger children”, who live in and around the city’s dump sites and earn a living recycling other people’s waste.

“Our mission with Dentaid is to get all the school children dentally fit,” said Potterton. “We’ll do this by offering pain relief treatments where necessary, atraumatic restorative treatment if possible, and fluoride varnish for all the children.”

The two Plymouth volunteers will be part of wider group of relief teams who will be working together across a range of activities, including providing support in teaching English, IT equipment and community support training, and rebuilding after earthquakes, fires and typhoon damage in the region. Dental treatments will be provided in close cooperation with a local dentist and dental students from the dental school in Cebu.

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