Ivoclar Vivadent supports medical care providers on their mission in the Himalayas.
Nepal - a country that conjures up images of a dream holiday destination with soaring peaks amidst spectacular scenery. For people living in the Himalayas, however, life is arduous and medical care is poor. Dentists are far and few between in the lonely mountain villages. This situation propelled Dr med. dent. Nora Kreller, dentist in Berlin, to travel to Nepal to give dental care to the locals. Ivoclar Vivadent supported her in the form of an in-kind donation. What experiences has the 29-year-old had on her trip?
While in many countries people brush their teeth in the morning as a matter of course, the conditions for the villagers living in Nepal’s mountainous regions are different. They know far too little about oral hygiene and low-sugar diets. And what is worse, they simply do not have enough money to afford a toothbrush and toothpaste. “Patients often walk several days to the nearest dentist to have their toothache eased,” Nora Kreller reports. When they finally have the chance of having their teeth treated, the treatment often covers only just the bare minimum. Often the people are simply too poor to afford any substantial dental care. And even if the pain has been treated, the consequences of the suboptimal treatment can be seen with every smile.