Scores benefit from Jamaica Dental Mission fairs
Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
The Rotary clubs of Montego Bay East and Savanna-la-Mar collaborated with the United States-based Jamaica Dental Mission to provide free dental health care for residents of Kew Park in Westmoreland and Flankers and Cambridge in Montego Bay, St James, recently.
"This is a venture that we have been supporting over the years. Just to see the satisfied looks on their faces after being treated for a health issue that they might not have been able to afford under normal circumstances is enough," said Marcus McKenzie, president of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East.
The Jamaica Dental Mission is the brainchild of Dr Dwight McLeod from Kew Park, who currently resides, practises, and teaches dentistry in Missouri.
McLeod has been conducting these clinics in his homeland for the past 15 years, but places special emphasis on these three communities.
"All I can say is God bless them," said one senior Flankers resident, who gave her name as Miss Joyce. "They have taken out one (tooth) that was giving me problem, so I can now sleep in peace."
The team of volunteers of more than 60 trainee dental and pharmaceutical technicians, led by Drs Dwight McLeod and Richard Davidson, carried out restorative and preventative care - cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canal and fluoride treatments - on more than 1,000 residents. They also conducted oral-hygiene sessions in each community.